Viking ships were marine vessels of unique structure, used in Scandinavia from the Viking Age throughout the Middle Ages. The boat-types were quite varied, depending on what the ship was intended for, but they were generally characterized as being slender and flexible boats, with symmetrical ends with true keel.
The ship has been on display at an open air museum for several years, but in the fall of 2008, she was moved indoors to a new museum, Víkingaheimar at Reykjanesbær in Iceland. The oarholes of the Gokstad ship were only 40cm (16 inches) above the deck.
Discover Iceland's Viking past, and its warm and welcoming culture. Blame the Vikings for the lack of trees in Iceland's stunning landscapes. They deforested much of the country when they arrived here in the 700s.
Erik's son Leif Erikson became the first Viking to explore the land of Vinland–part of North America, probably near modern-day Newfoundland–and invited his father on the voyage. However, according to legend, Erik fell off his horse on the way to the ship and took this as a bad sign, leaving his son to continue without him.
Travel Weekly: Viking Saturn to join Viking Ocean Cruises fleet in 2023 October 13, 2021 — The 930-passenger vessel, identical to its eight sister ships, will spend its maiden season sailing in the Nordic countries, including two 15-day cruises (Iceland-Greenland-Canada and Iceland-Norway) and a 29-day sailing to Greenland, Iceland and Norway.
Jan 09, 2021 · The museum covers much more than the Viking era: “At the museum you will find many of the legends from the Icelandic sagas, historical figures like Snorri Sturlusson, Ingolfur Arnarson and Leifur Eiriksson. Learn about the disastrous Black death, the most devastating pandemics in human history, which claimed anything between 75 to 200 million ...
The Gokstad ship was dug up on a farm in 1880. The Oseberg ship was found on another farm in 1904. Both ships were buried in Viking funerals between AD800 and 900.