If you’ve ever dreamed of powering through the waves on a Viking longboat like Ragnar Lothbrok, axe at your side, ready to terrorise some unsuspecting Englishmen, then stow away your pillow and dream no further.
The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde has made it possible to buy a handcrafted Viking longboat online through the Nordic museum’s webshop, although you will have to axe the violence and bloodshed displayed by the likes of Lothbrok and his menacing band.
"Vikings are popular like never before,” Anders Røge, the marketing director at Nordic Culture, said in a press release.
“That’s why we have no doubt that an authentic Viking ship online will fulfil a childhood dream for private persons and companies – whether it's for a weekend cruise or a spectacular marketing statement".
The custom-built Viking ships are offered in a range of models, including the nearly ten-metre Gokstad Ship that the Vikings used for trade, commerce, exploration and warfare during the Viking Age between the eighth and eleventh centuries.
The Viking Ship Museum has long used the old shipbuilding tradition to produce the old wooden ships for research, exhibitions and documentaries, but now its reach will extend to the people and companies in the private sector.
Røge cited the popular TV series ‘Vikings’ and the National Museum of Denmark’s successful Viking exhibition, which has been on display in London and Berlin, as examples of a new-found interest in Viking culture and history.
To take a peak at the ships on offer click on this link. Prices are provided upon request.