A viking ship under full sail. Photo: Viking Ship Museum’s boatyard
The construction of the 10-metre long Gokstad battle cruiser is scrupulously authentic, with the Roskilde-based craftsmen hewing each model out of oak using tradition tools, putting it together with handmade nails, and equipping it with woollen sails.
But the design has nonetheless proven extremely seaworthy since the first replica, the Viking, crossed the Atlantic from Bergen in 1893.
The original boat was discovered in a burial mound near Sandefjord in 1880, and is now kept at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History outside Oslo.
The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark, will also build you a 12m cargo vessel, based on the Skuldelev 6 ship found in Roskilde in 1962, for less than €400,000.
The cheapest viking ship for sale is a replica of one of the smaller ships found at Gokstad, which can be had for under €53,000.