The final destination for 2016 – Mystic Seaport, Connecticut

The world’s largest Viking ship, the Norwegian Draken Harald Hårfagre, will be docking at Mystic Seaport beginning October 2

It has been a tremendous adventure! A challenge extraordinaire, to explore the world with the largest Viking ship built and sailed in modern times. Im proud of our crew and all the challenges we have overcome to reach the final stop on this journey.
Captain Björn Ahlander

October 2, Draken Harald Hårfagre, will sail into Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, and it is the final destination for Expedition America 2016.

The ship departed Haugesund, Norway on April 26 2016 and sailed with 33 brave crew members across the North Atlantic Ocean stopping at Shetland Island, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and reached the American continent and St Anthony, Newfoundland, Canada June 1st 2016. The journey continued into the St Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes visiting numerous ports and met thousands of people. The aim of the expedition is to explore and relive one of the most mythological sea voyages – the first transatlantic crossing and the Viking discovery of the New World, more than 1,000 years ago and to explore the world with the same courage and curiosity as the Vikings did.

The Draken will arrive at Mystic Seaport 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 2. They will be docked near the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, and there will be a brief ceremony welcoming the crew. Pending US Coast Guard inspection on Monday morning, the ship will be open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. each day from Monday, October 3 to Monday October 10.

Captain Björn Ahlander will recount their adventures as the first speaker in the Museum’s 2016-2017 Adventure Series. He will give two presentations Thursday, October 13, at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the River Room at Latitude 41° Restaurant. Tickets are $15 for

Museum members and $20 for the general public. Tickets are available online at the Museum’s website: http://bit.ly/2dmdSjU

Draken Harald Hårfagre will stay at Mystic Seaport for the winter, but the crew will cover the boat in November and she will not be open to the public. There are not yet any plans for next year.

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About Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum’s collection of more than two million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography in the country. The state-of-the-art Collections Research Center at Mystic Seaport provides scholars and researchers from around the world access to the Museum’s renowned archives. Mystic Seaport is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $26 for adults and $17 for children ages 6-17. Museum members and children 5 and under are admitted free.

For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org

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For press inquiries contact Sarah Blank, +46 768 717533, sarah@drakenexpeditionamerica.com

Press kit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/abvi1h636vbg85g/AADgJgRIfqZQs2JVhTX3RUQLa?dl=0

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Sailing outside Greenland in May 2016
Sailing outside Greenland in May 2016

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