The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde,
The Viking ship museum in Roskilde (Vikingeskibsmuseet Roskilde) is
located at the southern tip of the Roskilde Fjord, close to Copenhagen.
In the large museum hall five Viking ships found 1962 at Skuldelev are
displayed. The ships could be dated to have been built in 1030 - 1042 in
Ireland, Norway and Denmark. In the museum models are shown of how
those ships had looked when under sail.
However, for me the most attractive were the 1 : 1 replicas of all those
ships, which had been built at the museum’s shipyard.
I took some photos of each ship:
Skuldelev 1, an ocean-going trader
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Skuldelev 2, a large longship
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Skuldelev 3, a coastal trader
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Skuldelev 5, a small warship
Skuldelev 6, a fishing and cargo vessel
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In addition to the Skuldelev ships several other replicas have
been built of medieval boats and more recent traditional Nordic boats.
There is more general information on the homepage of the
Viking ship museum in Roskilde. A list of the replica
boat collection is also given at the
boat collection site. The replica boats have been used to determine
the sailing properties of the ships. It was proved (probably for the
first time) that the Viking ships were capable of tacking against the
When we were there in August 2009, in the museum a film was shown about
a 2008 trip of the Skuldelev 2 replica sailing round England. Very
If you go there, take your time to include a short
sailing trip in one of Viking boat replicas. It is fun! I enclose
some photos, one set of photos of some other group getting ready and
rowing out of the harbour and a set of photos of our trip under sail.