When people set out on a voyage centuries ago, the vessel was not slack, as it was discovered during the reconstruction of the Icelandic Viking ship that such a galley had to carry unique naval skills and sailing in the Viking Age was not as dangerous or inhumane as we have thought.
It was the craftsman Gunnar Marel Eggertsson who came to this conclusion, but he sailed the ship to America on the occasion of the thousandth anniversary of the summits in 2000.
Íslendingur is a reconstruction of the Gauksstaðaskip, a longship that was found in Norway at the end of the 19th century but is believed to have been built in 870 or around the time Norwegian Vikings began sailing to Iceland.
The exhibition contains information about the Vikings’ longships and their history.
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