08 October 2016

Viking Ship Draken Harald Hårfagre - The final destination for 2016


For those who have followed the progress of Draken on her first voyage to the western hemisphere, I thought you might be interested to know where she will spend the winter. 

This article and the many links to view this magnificent ship and her fine crew are from the Viking Ship Museum website. (Ed.)

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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.

Please follow the ships website and social channels for updates:

drakenexpeditionamerica.com




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