Watch out Europe, Vikings are on the loose again

Sailing again: The Sea Stallion is shown here on a practice run before its voyage last summer.
Sailing again: The Sea Stallion is shown here on a practice run before its voyage last summer.Courtesy Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde, Denmark
If you have a memory that's good for at least a year, you'll recall that we had a post here this time in 2007 about the start of a Viking ship re-creation trip from Denmark to Ireland. Well, on Sunday the same gang of Viking-wannabes will be retracing their trip from Dublin to a viking ship museum in Denmark.

Smithsonian Magazine has some interesting preview stories about this year's effort. You can access the print version here and watch video here, which includes some pretty cool Viking sea chanty singing. Last year's trip was plagued by some of the coldest, stormies weather that northern European seas had seen in ages. The video gives you a good feel of how harrowing it must have been a thousand years ago for the original Vikings to take off on such a trip. And they didn't have Gor-Tex clothing, GPS and other modern convienences to help them get through the ordeal.

The official website of the Sea Stallion is linked here.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

mdr's picture
mdr says:

You know what, Thor? I've learned that the Vikings enslaved the Irish and populated Iceland with their mixed offspring. Seems to me you owe me big time. I'll figure out how much and get back to you.

posted on Wed, 06/25/2008 - 2:50pm
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Thor says:

Actually, the Vikings were the first mafia men. After they realized that terrorizing people had a lot more downside than upside, they conviced a lot of their neighbors to pay them off for not attacking them.

posted on Wed, 06/25/2008 - 3:04pm

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