Wednesday, 12 December 2012

V is for...

Viking Ship

When you are in Norway, you can't really not see anything to do with Vikings. After all, it's the basis for a lot of things in Norway (and the rest of Scandinavia). So, I made my way to the Viking Ship museum when I was in Oslo to see what it was all about.

Well, an unassuming building housed three ships varying in size and beauty and a large collection of 'treasures' recovered from one of the ships. It wasn't a large museum and it didn't really go into the whole Viking thing, but it did show and tell about the three ships that were there.

The one in the photo was the biggest of the three and the most complete, although I can't remember whether that was because of restoration or because they had found it that way. As you can see it is on the flat side with a lot of holes in the side. Those holes were for the rowing oars. When I look at that ship and then imagine it could have gone all the way to Northern America, I wonder how they did it in the first place. It must have been quite a hard journey to undertake, but they not only did it once, they did it several times!

This is the letter V for ABC Wednesday. Why not join? 


  1. Great shot of the boat and perfect post for V day. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

  2. That boat is gorgeous!!!The Vikings seem so mysterous to me.

  3. I saw a real Viking ship on the Isle of Man last summer - there's quite a history of Vikings there.

    abcw team

  4. looking shipshape
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  5. Canada also has a great history of Vikings on the East Coast, - an adventuresome race!

  6. Great shot, filled with wonderment of history.

  7. Great Viking Boat shot. My village Flamborough, in England, was settled by the Vikings around 800 A.D.


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