Full day course: Learn to sail a Viking ship

Published 02th Dec 2019

The full-day course takes you out on Roskilde Fjord in a Viking ship and gives you an insight into the very special characteristics of the Viking ships. The dates for the full-day courses of 2020 has now been set, and you can start booking the sailing experience of a lifetime.

The Viking Ship Museum offers full-day courses for those who wish to learn how to sail a Viking ship. This will be the real deal when the participants go aboard the Viking ship 'Kraka Fyr' to learn about square sails, tack, bowlines and all the other concepts associated with the Viking ship.

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. 

A full day of course in sailing Viking ships offers new experiences for both the novice sailor and he who seeks new challenges.

The ship

Kraka Fyr is a reconstruction of Skuldelev 6, a fishing and cargo vessel from the Viking Age, and was built at the Viking Ship Museum boatyard in 1998. Both ships were constructed using the very same methods, materials and tools used by the Viking boat-builders and the ships are about as close as it is possible to get to the original Viking ships.

Kraka Fyr has room for 10 participants and there will be two crew members on board.
» Read more about Kraka Fyr.. 

Course content

The course will give you a basic introduction to sailing with a typical square-sail, which Viking ships were equipped with. This is a type of sail that is quite different from modern types of rigging – in contrast to Bermuda and gaff-rigged boats, the sail is positioned in front of the mast and this can take a bit of getting used to for people used to sailing with modern ships and boats.

You will get a run-through of Viking ship construction and a presentation of the many meters of rope that is made of original materials such as horsehair and lime bast. There is also time to tie knots and learn what they are used for on board.

The whole course will be based around practical experience on Roskilde Fjord and prior to departure from the Museum Harbour, all participants will receive a short safety introduction and will be equipped with a life jacket. Packed lunches are provided and will be eaten on board.

The one-day course gives new experiences for both beginners and experienced sailors who wish to give themselves new challenges.

Dates for one-day courses with Kraka Fyr in 2020:
Satuday 13th June - CANCELLED
Saturday 27th June - CANCELLED
Saturday 4th July - CANCELLED
Saturday 18th July
Saturday 1st August
Saturday 15th August
Saturday 29th August
Saturday 12th September


Adult: 1270 DKK per participant includes packed lunch w/ water as well as access to the Viking Ship Museum.

Saturday 10:00 – 16:00

Registration will close one week before the course. Buy your ticket here.
Cancellation must be done in line with the Museum’s general terms and conditions: Read the terms and conditions here.

No previous experience with sailing Viking ships is necessary.
The Viking Ship Museum retains the right to cancel if too few are registered or the weather conditions are unsuitable.

» Buy your course here (admission to the Museum is included in the price)..

Created by Rikke Johansen