View a Viking Ship in the Midwest

The Draken Harald Hårfagre is a ship built on knowledge of the past viking ships. They began building in 2010.  Then took her for a ocean voyage in 2014 to to Liverpool, England and back to  Haugesund, Norway.

She is currently in the Great Lakes headed to Chicago for the Tall Ships weekend at Navy Pier.  They had unexpected expense of having to hire a pilot in the Great Lakes at the tune of $400 an hour.  Currently they have fund raised over $70,000 of the $430,000 goal to complete the Great Lake voyage.

They docked in South Haven this weekend so we made the drive to check out the viking ship.  She is docked at the Michigan Maritime museum and will be offering tours Monday and Tuesday before heading to Chicago.

Draken Viking Ship

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We paid admission to the museum to be able to get an up close view of the Draken.  It was $5 for students and $8 for adults.

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I agreed with my daughter that I am not so sure I would make a voyage from Norway, then Iceland, Greenland and over to Canada in a ship this size.  Impressive!

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From their website the tour dates are as follows:

Portstops

Dates:

April 26
Haugesund, Norway
May 9-16
Reykjavik, Iceland
May 21-27
Qaqortoq, Greenland
June 1-6
St Antony, Newfoundland, Canada
June 13-18
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
June 19
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 24-27
Brockville, Ontario, Canada
July 1-3
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
July 8-10
Fairport Harbor, Ohio, USA
July 14-17
Bay City, Michigan, USA
July 27-31
Chicago, Illinois, USA
August 5-7
Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
August 18-21
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
September
Oswego, NY Canals, New York, USA
September
New York City, New York, USA
October
Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, USA

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Tours of the ship will be $10 in addition to the museum admission.  Now you can say that you have been on a viking ship!

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If you have the opportunity check out the Draken this summer in the Great Lakes!

More information here: http://www.drakenexpeditionamerica.com/about-draken-harald-harfagre/

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2 thoughts on “View a Viking Ship in the Midwest

  1. I hope we will be in the area of this while it is on tour so we can see it.

  2. OH MY GOSH! That’s so cheap! I’m from Ohio and have been living in Chicago, with plenty of visits to MI in the last few years and I’ve never heard of this! What a well kept secret – thanks for sharing! Seems like I’m going to miss them this year since I’m traveling, but next time!!

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