A Viking Journey: Week 1

Preparing for the voyage in Roskilde at the Viking Ship Museum, the Sea Stallion's home.

Preparing for the voyage in Roskilde at the Viking Ship Museum, the Sea Stallion’s home.

Preparing the Sea Stallion for the voyage.

Preparing the Sea Stallion for the voyage.

The kitchen or "kabysen" supplies are carefully organised and stored below deck.

The kitchen or “kabysen” supplies are carefully organised and stored below deck.

Tacking rope for the boat at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde.

Tacking rope for the boat at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde.

A loom and weights at the Viking Ship Museum. The sail from the Sea Stallion is woven from linen, it measures 112 square meters and required the same amount of hours as the rest of the ship to contruct. Viking ship sails were also woven from wool and coated in horse fat, which possessed a more pleasant aroma than cow fat.

A loom and weights at the Viking Ship Museum. The sail from the Sea Stallion is woven from linen, it measures 112 square meters and required the same amount of hours as the rest of the ship to contruct. Viking ship sails were also woven from wool and coated in horse fat, which possessed a more pleasant aroma than cow fat.

The yellow and orange colours of the Sea Stallion's sail are inspired by the Bayeaux tapestry's depiction of the Norse ships that fouhgt at the Battle of Hastings in the year 1066.

The yellow and orange colours of the Sea Stallion’s sail are inspired by the Bayeaux tapestry’s depiction of the Norse ships that fouhgt at the Battle of Hastings in the year 1066.

Lasse holding the midterskøde or middle sheet rope which holds the central lower part of the sail.

Lasse holding the midterskøde or middle sheet rope which holds the central lower part of the sail.

The mid ship crew attaching the sail to the yard at the harbour in Roskilde.

The mid ship crew attaching the sail to the yard at the harbour in Roskilde.

A view of the sail from the stern of the boat in the foreship.

A view of the sail from the stern of the boat in the foreship.

Jophiel, from the midship crew preparing the sail at the harbour in Lynæs.

Jophiel, from the midship crew preparing the sail at the harbour in Lynæs.

Amalia tacking rope to prevent it from fraying.

Amalia tacking rope to prevent it from fraying.

Jophiel, from the midship crew preparing the sail at the harbour in Lynæs.

Jophiel, from the midship crew preparing the sail at the harbour in Lynæs.

The Sea Stallion moored in the small harbour of Skuldelev, our first stop. This is where the original Viking ship the boat is based on was intentionally skuttled in the 11th century along with four other smaller boats.

The Sea Stallion moored in the small harbour of Skuldelev, our first stop. This is where the original Viking ship the boat is based on was intentionally skuttled in the 11th century along with four other smaller boats.

Electricity pylons, Skuldelev

Old technology meets new, Skuldelev, Roskilde Fjord.

The waters at the harbour at Skuldelev were only 1m deep. The oars from the boat can reach a depth of 1.2m. We had to push the ship from the harbour using the oars on the starboard side while the rest of the crew of 60 people weighted down the port side.

The waters at the harbour at Skuldelev were only 1m deep. The oars from the boat can reach a depth of 1.2m. We had to push the ship from the harbour using the oars on the starboard side while the rest of the crew of 60 people weighted down the port side.

Mikkel in the aft ship

Mikkel in the aft ship

A view from the aft of the crew rowing in Roskilde Fjord, the ship needs 30 people to row, the skipper gives commands and uses the various sections of the boat to row in different ways to turn and control the boat when doing harbour maneuvres.

 

Our skipper Søren meets another "sørøver" or sea scoundrel in Lynæs.

Our skipper Søren meets another “sørøver” or sea scoundrel in Lynæs, Sjælland close to where Roskilde and Isefjord meet.

Passing a fleet of wind turbines in the sea at Øresund.

Marius, from Greenland at the harbour in Lynæs. He is a man of few words, his face alone tells a million stories

Marius, from Greenland at the harbour in Lynæs. He is a man of few words, his face alone tells a million stories

Rowing at Øresund

Rowing at Øresund

Massive wind turbines in Øresund, just outside Copenhagen.

Massive wind turbines in Øresund, just outside Copenhagen.

Rasmus, preparing lunch in the midship in the waters at Øresund.

Rasmus, preparing lunch in the midship in the waters at Øresund.

Nails, who is over 70 years old, hardy and full of entertaining life stories. The ship's age profile ranges from 19 to 75, this mix gives the boat a tribal sense of community.

Nails, who is over 70 years old, hardy and full of entertaining life stories. The ship’s age profile ranges from 19 to 75, this mix gives the boat a tribal sense of community.

The boat at Nyborg in Fyn.

The boat at Nyborg in Fyn.

Karen, throwing a to the ship as it leaves the harbour of Lynæs.

Karen, throwing a to the ship as it leaves the harbour of Lynæs.