The Draken Harald Hårfagre will be docking at Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park on Monday sometime between 4:30pm and 6:00pm according to Expedition Manager Luke Snyder. The stop is just one of many along a route that began in April in Haugesund, Norway, where the ship was originally built.
There will not be any public tours offered while in Amsterdam, however the ship is currently docked in Little Falls Canal Harbor and will be open to the public from 10am to 6pm on Sunday September 4. The craft will travel next to the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, and will be available for tours tentatively scheduled on Friday September 9 from 12pm to 6pm, Saturday from 10am to 6pm, and Monday from 2pm to 6pm. The cost for tours at either location is $10 dollars for adults, $5 for children, and children under 6 are free.
According to expedition’s website, the ship is not a replica of any historical craft, but was built as a research project, curated by Sigurd Aase, and based on archaeological and literary sources. It was named after Harald Hårfagre, the first king of Norway. The craft is made of oak and is 114 feet long and 26 feet wide, displaces 80 tons, and utilizes a 3,200 square foot sail. For more information about the project, visit www.drakenexpeditionamerica.com.