World’s Tallest Viking Ship (Finally) Stops in Norfolk

The world’s tallest Viking ship finally docked in Norfolk on Thursday.

Nauticus says the Draken Harald Hårfagre (Draken) will be in Norfolk through September 30 as a part of its Expedition America: East Coast Tour 2018. The three-day stayover in Norfolk will feature  ship tours and activations in the Draken Village.

The ship’s visit was originally scheduled to happen September 13 through September 16, but was postponed due to Hurricane Florence.

Courtesy: Don Sippel, Nauticus

“Although we had to wait a little longer than expected, we can’t wait to welcome the Draken ship, and offer our visitors and locals alike the chance to experience this incredibly unique vessel,” said Stephen Kirkland, executive director of Nauticus.

Here’s the full schedule for the Draken’s visit:

The Draken Experience in Norfolk

Thursday, September 27

Draken Arrival Ceremony, 4 p.m.

Guests are invited to greet the Draken ship as it sails into port with a display of Viking valor and excitement. Captain Björn Ahlander and his crew will step ashore to welcome the crowd and introduce the Draken. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 28 through Sunday, September 30

Draken Village & Deck Tours, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Beginning daily at 10 a.m., Draken will be open for timed and ticketed deck tours. Tour tickets, which run $6 for kids (ages 5 to 15, free admission for ages 4 and under); $12 for adults (ages 16 and over); and $30 for a family pack (includes two adults, and up to three children) can be purchased online at www.drakenhh.com, or on-site at the Draken Village. During each 30-minute tour, guests are guided through the ship and offered a look at a day-in-the-life of the crew and the historic craftsmanship used to build the ship with oak, tar, hemp, iron, and silk.

Within the Draken Village, which is free and open to the public, guests can experience a photo and video exhibition illustrating Viking history, modern explorers, and the adventures of the Draken; land-side views of the ship; the Highland Park Whisky hospitality tent; local food and beverage vendors; official Draken merchandise, and more.

Screenings of the newly released Draken documentary: “Expedition America – a Modern Viking Adventure” were cancelled for Saturday and Sunday.


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