The world’s largest viking ship has arrived in North America after crossing the North Atlantic Ocean on a journey from its homeport in Haugesund, Norway.
The Viking ship, named Draken Harald Hårfagre, set sail from Norway with its approximately 32 crew members in late April and made stops in Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland, Canada, before making its way through the Saint Lawrence Seaway to Toronto for the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes 2016 festival this weekend.
Future stops for the Viking ship include Chicago, Green Bay and Duluth, before heading through the New York canals to U.S. east coast with stops in New York City and finally Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut in October.
Draken Harald Hårfagre is actually not a replica, rather it’s a real-life Viking ship built based ancient Norwegian boat building techniques dug up from the history books and archaeological findings. Construction was completed in 2014 and it is now heralded as the world’s largest Viking ship ever built in modern times.