The Drakkar, or Viking Longships, were the long, narrow and very flexible vessels used by the Vikings for trade, exploration, and warfare. The Longships had symmetrical ends and a maximal speed of around 15 knots, and they were also called "dragonships" because they often had a dragon-shaped bow or other magical beings carved on it. The Longships had been the symbol of the Vikings' naval power for a long time, ranging in the North and Baltic Sea and even far from their Scandinavian homelands: to Iceland, Greenland, Northern America and the Mediterranean!
Below on board the “Sea Stallion”, sailing from Denmark to Ireland and back for a fantastic voyage! "Havhingsten fra Glendalough" ("Sea Stallion from Glendalough"), the world's largest and most authentic reconstruction of a Viking longship, is a replica of one of the Skuldelev ships dated to the 11th century. It was recovered in year 1962 in Skuldelev, Denmark, and today is exhibited at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde. The original ship was built around year 1042 with oak from Glendalough, Wicklow, near Dublin, in Ireland.
Below the “Gaia” Longship sailing the ancient Viking route from Norway to Iceland in 2005. “Gaia” is a faithful replica of Gokstad ship, one of the most important remains from the Viking age dated to the 9th century AD and found at the grave site Gokstadhaugen in Sandefjord, in Norway. The original Gokstad ship is now in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, while "Gaia" has Sandefjord as home port.