Full-day courses 'Learn to sail a Viking ship'

Course in sailing Viking ships

Great sailing experiences awaits you on the full-day courses 'Learn to sail Viking' in the Viking ship 'Kraka Fyr' or 'Helge Ask'. 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 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.

Course contents

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.

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


Dates for one-day courses in 2022:
Kraka Fyr
Satuday 28th  May - SOLD OUT
Saturday 11th June - SOLD OUT
Saturday 18th June - SOLD OUT

Helge Ask
Saturday 20th August
Saturday 3th September

Adult: 1.365 DKK per participant includes packed lunch w/ water as well as access to the Viking Ship Museum.

Saturday 10:00 – 16:00

Registration: 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.

NB: 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).