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The world‘s largest Viking Ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre, has arrived in New York city

  • The Dragon Draken Harald Hårfagre is the largest seaworthy Viking ship in existence, measuring 35 m (115 ft) from stern to stern, and 8 m (26 ft) wide.  The largest Viking ship discovered by archaeologists is the Roskilde ship, which is 27 m (121 ft) long. Photo/Draken Harald Hårfagre

The world‘s largest Viking Ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre, has arrived in New York city. The ship is staying in New York until 26 September and is open to the general public.

Draken (The Dragon) is docked in North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey Street, just west of One World Trade Center. Deck tours are available from 11 am to 6 pm until 22 September and from 24 to 26 September.

Tickets to deck tours are available at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place where guests can also see an exhibition about the building of the ship and the history behind the expedition.

The Dragon began its sail across the North Atlantic to North America from Haugesund town in Norway on 26 April. It arrived in Reykjavík 10 May after stopping in Lerwick in the Shetland Islands for repairs and seeking habour in the Faroe Islands on 2 May due to weather.

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From Reykjavík Draken (The Dragon) sailed to town Qaqortoq in South Greenland and from there the crew set sail across the Davis Strait for Newfoundland, Canada for their first stop in Vínland. They arrived in St. Anthony harbor and the known Viking settlement of L’anse aux Meadows in the beginning of June. From there the Dagon Draken sailed into the Gulf of St Lawrence to Quebec City and then spent the summer navigating through the Great Lakes and finally to New York where it landed on 17 September.

The Dragon is manned by a international crew of 32 men and women. The crew was chosen from over 4,000 volunteers, and includes people from Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Spain, France and the UK, as well as US and Canada. No Icelanders are on the crew. The Icelandic boat builder Gunnar Marel Eggertsson was asked to join the crew, but was unable to participate in the voyage. Gunnar Marel built the Viking ship Íslendingur (Icelander), which he sailed to America in 2000 to commemorate the 1,000 year anniversary of the voyage of Icelandic explorer Leifur Eiríksson to North America.

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