Draken Harald Hårfagre is the world’s largest Viking ship sailing in modern times. The Expedition America 2016 will sail from it’s home port, Haugesund, Norway to Iceland, Greenland, Canada and the US – the route the Vikings sailed a thousand years ago.
April 24 Departure, Haugesund, Norway
May 3-5 Reykjavik, Iceland
May 15-17 Qaqortoq, Greenland
June 1 St Antonys, Newfoundland, Canada
June 15 Quebec City, Canada
July 1-3 Toronto, Canada
July 8-10 Fairport Harbor, Ohio, USA
July 16-18 Bay City, Michigan, USA
July 27-31 Chicago, Illinois, USA
August 5-8 Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
August 18-21 Duluth, Minnesota, USA
September Oswego and NY Canals, NY, USA
September New York City, New York, USA
October Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, USA
All dates are due to fair wind and following seas.
The first to discover America?
The Vikings travelled far distances and were most likely the first Europeans to set foot on North American land around the year 1000 AD.
The Norse Sagas tell us about Leif Eriksson, son of the Norwegian Viking king Erik the Red, who sailed from Greenland to land they called Helluland, Markland and Vinland. These were the areas on the north eastern coast of what now is called Baffin Island, Labrador and Newfoundland, Canada, North America.