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Learn to sail a Viking ship

The Viking Ship Museum offers full-day courses the 26 May, 18. August, 8. and 9. September for those who wish to learn to sail a Viking ship.

This will be the real deal when the students go aboard the Viking ship Roar Ege to learn about square sails, tack, bowlines and all the other concepts associated with the Viking ship. Roar Ege is a reconstruction of Skuldelev 3 and has sailed actively since 1984. The ship was constructed using the very same methods, materials and tools used by the Viking boat-builders and the ship is about as close as it is possible to get to the original ships.

The course will provide the participants with a thorough introduction to sailing with square sails, which is very different from sailing on modern sailing boats. In contrast to Bermuda sails and gaff sails, the square sail is placed in front of the mast, and it often requires some getting used to for sailors with experience from the more modern types of rigging.

The Viking ship’s special design will also be reviewed during the course, and the ship’s cordage will be introduced. The entire course will be based on practical exercises on Roskilde Fjord and before leaving the museum harbour, the participants will be provided with a brief introduction to safety precautions and life vests will be distributed. 


The full-day courses will take place:

     Saturday 26 May 2012
     Saturday 18 August
     Saturday 8 September 2012
     Sunday 9 September 2012 

Price: DKK 675 per person.

The courses will commence at 10:00 and end at about 16:00.

No previous experience of sailing Viking ships is required. However, we reserve the right to cancel in the event of bad weather or too few participants.

Tickets can be booked through the museum’s booking office on weekdays, 10:00 to 15:00 by telephone +45 46 300 253 or by e-mail: booking(at) At the booking, please give us information about your name, address, phone number and if possible your email address


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By: Preben Rather Sørensen

17/11 - 2011


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