Sunnmøre Museum: Sail along Ålesund like a Viking
By Ingrid Opstad | Photos : Jerry Andre
L ocated in idyllic Borgundgavlen, Sunnmøre Museum provides visitors with fascinating insight into the local coastal culture from the Stone Age through to modern times, with various exhibitions and events throughout the year. This summer, the museum is excited to welcome you on a unique and educational tour of Ålesund, with the Viking ship Borgundknarren.
“Our guided tours are the perfect way to experience beautiful Ålesund from the seaside in true Viking style,” says Siw Solvang, marketing manager at Sunnmøre Museum. The tour takes an hour and brings you along Ålesund on an educational adventure. “Our guides tell interesting local stories from the Viking Age along the way, and you get to taste typical Viking food, like dried meat and stockfish. We also have a replica of armour, a helmet, shield and sword on board for you to try out – it makes for an excellent selfie with the stunning fjord as a background.”
Borgundknarren is a replica of a Viking ship from approximately the year 1000, built specifically for trade, which was found in Denmark in 1962. The ship is 16 metres long, made of oak and pine, true to tradition, and is certified to have up to 40 people on board. “One question we’re often asked is why the dragon’s head lies inside the boat and is not attached to the stem like many would expect. In fact, the Vikings would only use the dragon head when they wanted to frighten enemies,” Solvang explains, adding: “To learn more, you should come take the tour!”
During the summer months, the Viking ship can be rented for daytime or evening events such as company trips, weddings or birthdays, giving you the opportunity to take your guests on a unique tour they will never forget.
Another highlight this summer is the Sunnmøre Medieval Festival hosted by Sunnmøre Museum. Taking place in the beginning of June, the festival offers plenty of educational and exciting activities for both children and adults.
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