The Viking ship Borgundknarren is a part of Sunnmøre Museums`s vast boat collection. Borgundknarren is a replica of a sailing vessel built in Western Norway in the C10th. The knarr or the hafskip was used for long distance trade by the Vikings and during the early middle ages and was the principal vessel for exploration.
It is a heavy and capacious boat, with high sides and shelter necessary for deep sea sailing. It was ships like this Leiv Eiriksson used in his voyage across the North Atlantic to America.
Borgundknarren is 16m long, 4.6m wide and has a main sail measuring 87m². The keel, mast and stem are made from oak, while the boards are made from pine.
Borgundknarren has its name from the old trading centre of Borgund, now a part of Sunnmøre Museums outdoor area.
The ship is classified for up to 40 people.
This summer you will find the Viking ship at the dock at the cruise port in Ålesund, on selected days - with hourly tours at 10.30am, 12pm and 2pm.