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You can test your skills as a Viking by sailing a Viking ship on the Vefsnfjord in Norway Photo: visitnorway.com/Chris Lorang Arnesen
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Photo: visitnorway.com/Chris Lorang Arnesen
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Photo: visitnorway.com/Chris Lorang Arnesen
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Sailing a Viking Ship on the Vefsnfjord

Go to sea in a Viking longship to experience medieval boat building technology in action.

Text: Frederik Amundsen

We are in Mosjøen in Helgeland, just south of the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway.

Lunch in Mosjøen

Vikgården is a historic, cosy general store and coffee shop in Mosjøen town center, where we meet up to go sailing. We are served traditional food with local ingredients. We get to know Marianne Myrnes Steinrud and Per Einar Steinrud, who own and run the place. They have a Fembøring, which is a wooden sailboat, used by the Vikings for fishing and freight. They are happy to take visitors to Mosjøen out on their historic boat.

Sailing in strong wind and rain

"We tailor the trips to the visitor's requests. We usually go to a farm a couple of hour's sailing away, and have a meal of local meat and fish, before we head back", says Per Einar.

He has gathered a crew of four locals, and everyone seems excited to get out on the fjord.

The wind is near gale, and the large square sail takes us fast across the white waves. It feels good. It feels real. There is a small cabin at the back with a wood-burning stove, providing a warm place when you get too cold or if it starts raining.

"You cannot live a complete life without having been onboard a Fembøring", says captain Steinrud, with rain beating on his smiling face.

The Fembøring boat

The Fembøring is an open clinker-built wooden boat, and represents Norwegian boat building traditions. It is usually made of spruce or pine. The boat has typical square sails with top sails, and six or seven places for rowing. Standard size is up to 50 feet, reaching two feet into the water.

When to travel

Sailing is best in spring and summer, from April to September. 

Price

The price varies according to the length of the trip. Contact Marianne Myrnes Steinrud or Per Einar Steinrud on phone +47 95 90 64 29 or email to book your trip and settle the price.

How to get here

The E6 runs right through Mosjøen and both northbound and southbound trains stop here. There is a small airport with daily connections to the main airports. There are also many bus routes in the area.

Where to stay

We stayed at Fru Haugans Hotel, which is 200 years old and a member of the chain De Historiske (the Historic Hotels and Restaurants) in Norway. Read more about where to stay in Helgeland.

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Last updated:  2014-07-22
You can test your skills as a Viking by sailing a Viking ship on the Vefsnfjord in Norway - Photo: visitnorway.com/Chris Lorang Arnesen
You can test your skills as a Viking by sailing a Viking ship on the Vefsnfjord in Norway
Do things the Viking way, but safety first: Wear a life jacket at sea. - Photo: visitnorway.com/Chris Lorang Arnesen
Do things the Viking way, but safety first: Wear a life jacket at sea.

Interest:  Sailing & Boat Activities, Coast and coastal culture, Vikings, Typical Norwegian

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You can test your skills as a Viking by sailing a Viking ship on the Vefsnfjord in Norway - Photo: visitnorway.com/Chris Lorang Arnesen

Sailing a Viking Ship on the Vefsnfjord

Go to sea in a Viking longship to experience medieval boat building technology in action.

Sailing a Viking Ship on the Vefsnfjord

Source: Visitnorway

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