Viking ship Draken to spend four days in Rockland

Jul 10, 2018
The Viking ship Draken visits Rockland July 21 through 25.

Rockland — Norwegian Viking ship Draken Harald Hårfagre (Draken) has named Rockland as its official Maine stop on its Expedition America: East Coast Tour 2018. The tour, which got under way at the start of this month, will bring the world’s largest operating Viking ship to Rockland for a four-day stopover from July 22 to July 25. Beginning with an arrival ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 22, and continuing with three days of ship tours and activities in the onshore "Draken Village," the Draken visit promises visitors a look at the modern-day Viking spirit.

Hosted in partnership with the city of Rockland, Allen Insurance & Financial, The Strand Theatre, The Apprenticeshop and the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Draken will dock at Rockland's Public Landing and will offer an opportunity for visitors to relive history in a way never experienced before. Draken will allow guests to board the ship and interact with the crew as they share their personal experiences of thrill, fear and exhilaration while enduring the ship's 2016 transatlantic crossing – reliving the Viking discovery of the New World more than 1,000 years ago.

Tours of the onshore village and the ship itself will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily July 23 through 25. Tour tickets, which run $6 for kids (ages 5 to 15, free admission for ages 4 and under); $12 for adults (ages 16 and over); and $30 for a family pack (includes two adults, and up to three children) can be purchased online at or on-site at the Draken Village. During each 30-minute tour, guests are guided through the ship and offered a look at a day in the life of the crew and the historic craftsmanship used to build the ship with oak, tar, hemp, iron and silk.

Within the Draken Village, which is free and open to the public, guests can experience a photo and video exhibition illustrating Viking history, modern explorers, and the adventures of the Draken; land-side views of the ship; official Draken merchandise, and more.

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