How to Train your Dragon, Part 1.

So what exactly have I been doing with my time as we sail Draken Harald Hårfagre? Well to start with, the first challenge was just learning the parts of the ship and their Norwegian name. Even familiar terms like port and starboard become babord and styrbord, just enough to catch you out if your ear isn’t properly attuned or your concentration starts wandering. Continue reading

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Enter the Dragon

IMG_1101The Draken Harald Hårfargre (Dragon Harald Fairhair in English) is a curious ship to describe, one most certainly unique in its design and construction. It is neither a reconstruction or a replica of a known Viking ship, instead it is a reinterpretation of an open-decked, ocean-going vessel which may have existed around 1000AD. As well as from archaeological data, the design garnered details from the Norse sagas (a series of epic stories and histories recorded from the oral traditions of Scandinavia and Northern Europe), records from regions further afield, and the long Norwegian tradition of wooden boat building. Continue reading

All Hands on Deck!

I’ve been meaning to write this post for the past seven days, and just never managed to get round to it until now.  There has just been so much to do recently that sitting down with my laptop to write has been at the bottom of my to-do list; so I’m taking the opportunity while I have a cup of tea before going to bed. Continue reading