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Lofotr - King of the Nordic Sea

Category: Artic Living | Posted: Fri May 09, 2008 8:22 am

Yesterday was a very special day around the museum. This is the day the Lofotr comes out of a long winters sleep, to rule the sea again. I'm not going to go into alot of long winded writing about the area, the museum or the people who take care of her. I think the pictures will speak very clearly themselves.

The facts that you should know just to get an idea of just how big this ship is, is she is 11,000 kilos in weight. Or over 22,000 Lbs. Or over 11 tons. 66 men can row her comfortably with out knocking elbows. She is made of all wood, and is the second largest Viking ship in Norway. Replica's that is, made after real finds of these ships. So here we go, lets take the ship out of hiding and let her have her way with the sea!

First the top of the boathouse has to be dismantled.

Then the tug of war starts. A tractor is used now instead of hundreds of men to make her way to the sea.

By the time they made it this far, the bull rope had broke 3 times. But ofcourse their Norwegian, bull headed just like the rope, and giving up is not an option.

She's almost there!

A look down the very long boat house. Lofotr is almost in the water. The tractor will now push her the rest of the way, instead of pulling her out.

Here is the top of the ship. This is exactly the way the Vikings ships looked according to discoveries made, expecially this one. Here is just a small section of the top.

And finally after all the tugging, and pushing, the Lofotr has made it back to her sea home for the summer. Her dragon head will be attached now so she can see where she goes.

The Lofotr will give many thrills to children, and adults all summer long as they get to experience the thrill of sailing the sea in a Viking ship. One none the less as magnificent as the Lofotr, a replica of a real Viking war ship. Their imaginations will run wild and for a short time they can almost hear the wild calls and the beat of the drum that kept the Vikings working as one. The clash of the swords, the flapping of the mighty sail. The bartering from exotic lands and their rich merchandise. For a short time if their imaginations are open enough, they will become a Viking and rule the oceans seas for a few minutes out of history.

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Sjoerd wrote on Fri May 09, 2008 8:40 am:

What a wonderful replica. I like replicas. This is one that the people, especially children will no doubt be thrilled with. I liked the fotos and the explanation. The close-up of the carved wriying was nice too.
The foto showing the upper portion of the inside of the boat was really good to see. Musea are such good and worthwhile things for people. I can imagine that your man really enjoys being associated with one.
Thanks Biita. Excellent posting.


eileen wrote on Fri May 09, 2008 10:59 am:

I'm so glad the Lofotr made it back to the sea without any mishaps. Just imagine having to dismantle the boat shed roof every year to get it out!! I'd love to see the dragon head in place.
I don't know about the children being transported back to the past for a while but I'm sure I saw lots of long-haired, husky Vikings there myself for a while. Be still my beating heart!!! LOL


toni wrote on Fri May 09, 2008 1:24 pm:

Wow, what a trip back in time that was. Thanks. It is so interesting to learn about the Vikings from 'the inside' so to speak.
I want to see the dragon head in place too.


Droopy wrote on Fri May 09, 2008 2:37 pm:

My, it's big! *shock* And lovely, absolutely beautiful. I'd love to see her sail. Eileen, story has it that the Vikings were very vain and stole many an Englishwoman's heart because of their cleanliness. *lol* Not what we're normally told, is it?


glendann wrote on Fri May 09, 2008 6:40 pm:

Beautiful shop and lets your mind travel back in time.Just wonderful .


Biita wrote on Fri May 09, 2008 7:02 pm:

Thank you all for reading! The ship is just huge. And it does give you a sense of what the vikings had to go thru to get those ships out to sea.

Ahhh gotta love those Vikings,, they might be big but they sure are lovable,,lol. Then and now.


Joann wrote on Sun May 11, 2008 5:43 am:

I just love reading your post and looking at your pictures. I just discovered last year that I have some Viking ancestry..famous ones too! One ancestor was said to be so big that no horse could carry him. You let me dream of a place I'll probably never get to visit. Thanks!


tschnath wrote on Wed May 14, 2008 4:39 pm:

Great pics Biita and thanks for the short history lession. Nothing like the old ships (or at least replicas). I too would love the see the sail and dragon head...please!

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