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Dispatch: The Viking Ship Museum Oslo, Norway

Aaron McHugh

As pyramids are symbols of Egyptian achievement, Viking ships are to the Norwegians. The Oseberg and Gokstad ships flawlessly display the Viking age. In the 800’s AD, these seaworthy battle ships are intricate and mighty with dragon head carvings, sixteen oar holes for 32 men and enormous rutters and masts. 15 feet wide by 75 feet long, these ships are massively impressive. Their preservation quality is hard to believe. Pulled ashore they became burial ships for their mighty warriors. Like an Egyptian tomb, the Viking soldiers laid to rest in their afterlife-ready ships with horses, treasure, pets, and women. More details on visiting the Viking Ship Museum.

The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo Norway. Intricate stories carved into the spine of the 1200-year-old ship.
Stores like Beowulf became more vivid to me standing below the mighty Viking Age ships. When deployed in battle these ships were tricked out with armored shields and full-color sails.
15 feet wide by 75 feet long, these ships are massively impressive.