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Hand-Built Roskilde Viking Ships

By: on June 17, 2014
Hand-Built Roskilde Viking Ship
$45k - $545k
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Have you always dreamt of owning your own authentic Viking ship, built by craftsmen in the ancient Nordic capital of Roskilde? Well I hadn't really given it much thought before, purveyor of fine Scandinavian gifts CultureNordic, but now that you mention it...hell yeah I want a hand-built Viking ship! I'll need a Sweyn Forkbeard costume too. And probably a cosplay convention somewhere other than Indianapolis.

The Viking Ship Museum is now taking orders for wood-hulled Viking ships in a variety of models. They range from single-seaters to gargantuan. The boats' reps say, Why not go for the full battle cruising Gokstad Ship measuring nearly 10 meters?! And I say, Ek veit! How about because its estimated cost is $216,715.20!

Indeed, authentic Viking artifacts are incredible, but they are not cheap. All are priced on demand according to construction methods and buyers' specific requests, but as general guidelines CultureNordic notes ballpark figures as follows:

  • Skuldelev 6. 12 meters (39+ feet) long, with 7 pairs of oars and a sail. $340,000 to $545,000.
  • The Large Gokstad. 10 meters (about 33 feet) long, with 6 pairs of oars and a sail. $153,000 to $217,000.
  • The Little Gokstad. 6-1/2 meters (21+ feet) long, with 2 pairs of oars and a sail. $45,000 to $72,000.

Actual prices will depend on the manner of production. If that too is to be authentic, with boats built completely manually as they were during the Viking Age, both the hours required and resultant prices will be exorbitant to the power of the number of people Egil Skallagrimsson slew whilst writing epic poetry. If modern building processes are incorporated into the effort as well, pricing will scale down to slightly less exorbitant. Like, maybe just to the power of Skallagrimsson's kills during his teenage years.

Egil Skallagrimsson Fun Facts: the exiled Norseman went on a killing spree after being ejected from his homeland of Norway. He managed to live fearlessly as a homicidal poet into his 80s. He died in peace. After he killed the slave he made help him bury his treasure.

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