In April of this year the Viking dragon ship Draken Harald Harfagre, under the command of Bjorn Ahlander, set sail from Haugesund, Norway.
The ship is scheduled to make stops in Canada in June and in the United States in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York and Connecticut between July and October. Several of the U.S. stops are for multi-day tall-ships events.
Voyages of this sort aren’t new. The Hugin, a replica Viking long ship built by Denmark, was presented to England in 1949 to commemorate the 1,500th anniversary of the migration in 449 of Hengist and Horsa from Jutland (Denmark) to Kent.
This duo, leaders of the first Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain, arrived as mercenaries in the employ of Celtic British King Vortigern to fight the Picts and Scots. The king gave them the Isle of Thanet in East Kent as payment.
You can follow the Draken’s current voyage at youtube.com/user/DrakenHaraldHarfagre/live