The Route

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.

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Port stops

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.

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The modern Vikings

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Navigating in the Viking age

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Sailors

The Vikings were accomplished navigators, artisans, traders and story tellers, but their greatest triumph was the ship they built.