The Vikings’ secret defense in Roskilde Fjord

I will take you back to March 28, 2014, on a beautiful sunny day at Roskilde Fjord.
Roskilde Fjord is a beautiful area. I was born at the sea, but grew up in this fjord environment.
Always being near the water brought me many lovely experiences.
The fjord is idyllic, and you can plan many a good walk.
The history is exhilarating, and exceptional relics are left by the Vikings.
My walk starts at the ridge at Skuldelev. The silence is striking except for the song of the larch.
It is unusual to find silence today, but it is still possible here.

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You can see the Skuldelev Ås in the background.

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Skuldelev Ås is 5 kilometres south of Frederikssund, and is Denmark’s best preserved ridge. Most of the four kilometres ridge is publicly available.

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Out there in the fjord is the two islands Peberholmen and Kølholmen.
This is where they found the Skuldelev ships from the Viking Age.
Five ships were sailed out to block the entrance to Roskilde for enemy ships, as a part of a deliberate defence strategy.
The ships were filled with stones, and the only important task was that the ships were properly positioned when they sank.

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The Skuldelev Ship; The Sea Stallion from Glendalough was supposed to block the two major shipping lanes with its 27 meters. The ship could almost reach over both channels simultaneously.

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Here is the Sea Stallion under reconstruction at the Viking Ship Museum.

See the most beautiful photos from Sea Stallion’s many voyages.
The photos are taken by Werner Karrasch: Sea Stallion

Wish you a happy walk and leave no trace behind you unless they are of significant importance 😊

A Viking ship is launched tomorrow

Now spring is here!
The Sea Stallion of Glendalough, the 30 meter long warship, is launched tomorrow, April 14th.
Can you imaging the viking sails appear in the horizon?
What an impressive sight that must have been.

Boat members will start the launch at 10 am
The Sea Stallion From Glendalough, approx. 13 pm
The newly built Teinæring is named and launched at 14 pm

The Viking Ship Museum

Launching The Sea Stallion from Glendalough 2017

I will never grow tired of the elegant lines, the beautiful colours, and the history behind Skuldelev 2 and The Sea Stallion from Glendalough.
This day was a bitterly cold day; April 8th 2017 when the crew launched the ship in Roskilde once again.
Spring has arrived despite the cold weather.
















Vikingeskibsmuseet

Havhingsten

Havhingsten – The Sea Stallion from Glendalough

Havhingsten er et kunstværk, intet mindre. Jeg ville gerne have været tilstede, da det originale skib blev bygget af træ høstet i Glendalough i Wicklow, i Irland.

I kan læse mere om Glendalough i denne reklame for Hebor.dk, der arranger rejser til Irland: Oase midt i vildsomme bjerge

“Glendalough er en dal i Wicklow Mountains i Irland. Dalen ligger omkring 60 km syd for Dublin i Wicklow Nationalpark i County Wicklow.

Glendalough er et gammelt kristent pilgrimsted, med en historie, der daterer sig mere end 1500 år tilbage. Dalen omfatter to smukt beliggende søer – den øvre og den nedre sø – og rummer derudover et gammelt klosterkompleks med kirker og andre bemærkelsesværdige bygninger. De mest bemærkelsesværdige bygninger er det specielle og mere end 1000 år gamle 33 meter høje runde tårn, samt den endnu ældre kirke Kevins Kitchen (opkaldt efter den kristne prædikant og helgen Sankt Kevin, som grundlagde kirken under sit ophold i dalen i slutningen af 500-tallet). Begge disse bygninger samt klosterkomplekset daterer sig tilbage til før vikingernes ankomst til Irland. Dalen er en stor turistattraktion i Irland med et stort informativt besøgscenter, ligesom der er mange vandremuligheder i omegnen.

Vikingeskibet Skuldelev 2, der ligger på Vikingeskibsmuseet i Roskilde er oprindeligt bygget i Irland af tømmer fra Glendalough, og det er også årsagen til at den rekonstruerede version af Skuldelev 2 hedder Havhingsten fra Glendalough.” Wikipedia

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The Torquay leg – “High seas, cold temperatures and sea sickness”

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