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Viking ship, Roskilde Fjord


Viking Ship

new viking ship
launched near Roskilde

Nidhug Viking Ship
Photo: Maritime Experimental Centre

Nidhug is a true excursion ship designed for hiring, and therefor equipped with commodities that would cause much amazement among the Vikings of a thousand years ago.

The Viking ship NidhugThe ship, among other things, has a 40 Hp Perkin diesel engine, and a 200 liter fuel tank. The modifications were made to make it possible to keep the timetables while hired, and in bad weather. Nidhug was inspired by the Norwegian Gokstad ship.

The Maritime Experimental Centre stresses the fact that their ships are not museum replicas, but merely ships built according to Viking Age traditions. Thus, modern machinery was employed during construction, and experiments are being conducted on supplementary sails (studding sail) in an attempt to increase speed.

Nidhug is a suitable ship for the inner European waters. It has visited many Danish islands, and has also been to Poland.

See also the sister ship Røde Orm

Facts about the Viking ship
Type: The ship is not a replica of a specific find, but is inspired by the Norwegian Gokstad ship.

Minimum crew: 2-3 persons

Maximum persons: 25 persons excl. crew

Number of oarsmen: 20

Hight of mast: 12 meters

Sail area: 65 m2 (increasing to 120 m2 when employing studding-sail)

Overall length: 16 meters

Weight: 4 tons. The ship is constructed to sail without ballast

Width: 4,1 meters

Depth: 0,8 - 1,2 meters without rudder

Building: 1998 (launching)

Builders: Participants in an unemployment scheme in Bramsnæs (near Roskilde, Denmark)

Owner: Maritimt Forsøgscenter a.m.b.a.

Native Harbour: Lyndby Strand, Roskilde Fjord, Denmark

Contact: mr. Tonny Andersen
Address: Østergade 3, Lyndby, 4070 Kr. Hyllinge, phone (+45) 46 43 70 36

Boat Guild: Membership is awarded by the board of directors, but anyone can apply for membership.

Terms of hiring: The ship may be hired for a number of occasions. Tours range from three-hour picknic-sails to longer, overnight journeys.