Dozens of volunteer sailors will follow in the wake of the Vikings by crossing the North Sea from Denmark to Ireland next July in a 30-metre replica of a Norse warship, museum officials said today.
The slender longship, named Havhingsten, or Stallion Of The Sea, is one of the most ambitious Viking ship reconstructions to date, experts said.
It has been modelled after a nearly 1,000-year-old Viking ship that was excavated in the Roskilde fjord, west of the Danish capital.
On July 2, the vessel will set sail from Roskilde with a crew of 65 hoping to learn more about Viking seamanship on a seven-week, 1,000-mile journey to Dublin - which was founded by the Vikings.
“We will not sail dressed as Vikings but we will try to understand how the ship and crew coped,” said Martin Brandt Djupdraet, curator of the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde.
It is due to sail back to Denmark in 2008.
The longship was built by craftsmen using Viking-era tools, but its navigation equipment will be modern.
It will be fitted with a radar, a radio, a Global Positioning System and modern safety equipment.