Facts about Draken Harald Hårfagre

Draken Harald Hårfagre is a clinker-built Viking longship. She is not a replica of a known ship, she is a reconstruction of what the Norse Sagas refer to as a “Great ship”. Knowledge of history, and especially the Norse sagas, archeological findings and Norwegian boatbuilding traditions combined created the world’s largest Viking ship sailing in modern times.


Draken Harald Hårfagre is a square sailed, open wooden ship, 35 meters long (115 ft) with a beam of 8 meters (26 ft) and a mast height of 24 meters (79 ft). Top speed under sail is 14 knots. She can be rowed by one hundred oarsmen. The ship is equipped with 25 pairs of oars – each oar powered by two men. During Expedition America 2016, Draken Harald Hårfagre was crewed by 32 sailors.

Sources of information from the most preserved Viking ship found – the Gokstad ship, the Nordlandsbåt and the Norse sagas. Traditional ornamentations, a Dragon’s head and tail, woodcarvings and ornamentations from archeological found ships, especially the Gokstad ship.

The specifications


35 m (115 ft) long
8 m (26ft 2in) wide
24 m (78ft 8in) high
2,5 m (8 ft 2 in) draught
260 square meters sail



Home port: 

Haugesund, Norway


Hull: Oak
Mast: Douglas fir
Sail: Silk
Rigg: Hemp

Top speed:

14 knots