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A blog by Irish archaeologist Alva Mac Gowan, documenting this year's summer voyage with the reconstructed Viking ship Havhingsten (the Sea Stallion from Glendalough) as it takes part in the Kongens Togt (King's Journey) commemorating Cnut's conquest…

An Irish woman's blog about going to Denmark to sail The Sea Stallion, a replica Viking ship.

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Balázs Bernáth et al have suggested that the Viking sun compass found at Uunartoq is a sun shadow board designed for determining local solar noon, because the gnomons on it contain errors that could lead to navigational problems.

Tjängvide I (G 110) dates from c.700-800 AD and is now on display at Statens historiska museum in Stockholm. It is one of several Gotlandic picture stones with similar motifs; a ship under sail below and a scene that appears to be a welcome to…
Woody Wiest talks about rigging the Draken Harald Hårfagre using hemp ropes.

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Science and experience center called Sagastad is being built at Nordfjordeid, Norway, and will feature a full-size reconstruction of the Myklebust ship.

The story tells about the construction and sailing of a replica longship by Robert Asp of Moorhead, Minnesota. The replica was based on the Gokstad ship, and was sailed from New York to Norway in 1982. The ship is now on display in the Hjemkomst…

MS Sigyn was a Swedish ship that transported spent nuclear waste from Swedish nuclear power plants. She was named for Loki's wife, who held a bowl over his face to catch venom that was dripping onto it while he was chained up as punishment.

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There are many ships depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry. They are Anglo-Saxon and Norman models, but they would have been of very similar construction to Scandinavian ships at this date, and we can learn a lot about the decoration of the ships from…

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The largest of five mounds at Myklebust, Nordfjordeid, Sogn og Fjordane in Norway contained the remains of the largest Viking Age ship found in Norway. It was excavated in 1874 by Anders Lorange, just 14 years before he died. Excavators found the…

A wooden fragment found at Uunartoq, Greenland, in 1948 has long been thought to be a sun compass that Vikings used to navigate. Balázs Bernáth, et al., from Eötvös University and Estrato Research and Development Ltd, both in Budapest, Hungary,…

This paper explores the logistical consequences of the introduction of sails to Scandinavia on the threshold of the Viking Age.

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A replica of a Viking ship in Unst, Shetland
Rune stone from Fjuckby, Uppland (U 1016). According to theSamnordisk runtextdatabasthe inscription reads: §P * liutr : sturimaþr * riti : stain : þinsa : aftir : sunu * sina : sa hit : aki : sims uti furs : sturþ(i) *…;104.JPG/EKOIrkUY_kogAigCKAQ/WY3hP34CRNRZzViP6H1enAsREUi1fa_RPPxN1sJaurU
Rune stone fromUppsala domkyrka, Uppland (U Fv1976;104). According to theSamnordisk runtextdatabasthe inscription reads: rikr * ok * hulti * fastkair * þaiR * litu * ...a stain * at * uikmar * faþur * sin * styriman * koþan :…

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The Oseberg ship is on display at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. It was found in a grave mound at Oseberg in Norway with the remains of two women, and with a large amount of grave goods.

This article discusses the process of building Havhingsten / The Sea Stallion.

This exhibition is a partnership with the British Museum, featuring some stunning Viking objects and highlighting the importance of Cornwall to the Vikings. It's a very hands on, family friendly exhibition and runs until January 2017. A selection of…

A reconstructed Viking ship in Lofoten, Norway. The design appears to be based on the Gokstad ship.

M/V Thor Magni, a research/survey vessel, belonging to Thor Offshore which works with the oil industry. The company name is a direct reference to the Norse god Thor and is derived from "Hósvík", which means Thor's creek, where the company is based…
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