Have you ever wanted to check out a real life Viking ship? In a few days, you’re going to have your chance!
Image used is per Facebook. Details per Facebook and the Draken Harald website:
“Climb aboard the world’s largest operating Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre in Salem, Massachusetts, August 6-8, and discover your #VikingSpirit with inspiring ship tours, engaging crew demonstrations, and insta-worthy moments. Tickets are available now at drakenhh.com/salem.
Hosted in partnerships with Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Destination Salem, Massachusetts, and the City of Salem, the Draken will dock at Central Wharf at Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 160 Derby Street and will offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for visitors to relive history in a way never experienced before. Draken will allow guests to relive the Viking discovery of the New World more than 1,000 years ago.
“Like Salem sea captains, the Vikings were accomplished navigators and traders and their stories will be a welcome addition to the historic wharves of Salem.”
-Paul DePrey, Superintendent of Salem Maritime NHS
The Draken Experience in Salem
Monday, August 6, 6:30 PM
Draken Arrival Ceremony
Guests are invited to greet the Draken ship as she sails into port with a display of Viking valor and excitement. Captain Björn Ahlander and his crew will step ashore to welcome the crowd and introduce the Draken. This event is free and open to the public. A small, private welcome reception will follow.
Tuesday, August 7 and Wednesday, August 8
Draken Village & Deck Tours
Beginning daily at 10:00 AM Draken will be open for timed and ticketed deck tours. Tour tickets, which run $6 for kids (ages 5 to 15, free admission for ages 4 and under); $12 for adults (ages 16 and over); and $30 for a family pack (includes two adults, and up to three children) can be purchased online at drakenhh.com/salem, or on-site at the Draken Village. During each 30-minute tour, guests are guided through the ship and offered a look at a day-in-the-life of the crew and the historic craftsmanship used to build the ship with oak, tar, hemp, iron, and silk.
Within the Draken Village, which is free and open to the public, guests can experience a photo and video exhibition illustrating Viking history, modern explorers, and the adventures of the Draken; land-side views of the ship; the Highland Park Whisky hospitality tent; local food and beverage vendors; official Draken merchandise, and more.
Learn first-hand how Captain Björn Ahlander navigates the adventurous expeditions of the Draken, and the 2016 transatlantic crossing. Tickets are available for this engaging lecture on Tuesday, August 7, 7:00 PM, at the Salem Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA 01970. Tickets are $20 and are available online at drakenhh.com/salem, or on-site.
The Draken departs Salem at 9:00 PM on Wednesday, August 8.”
This event takes place August 6-8, 2018, docked at the Central Wharf at Salem Maritime National Historic Site 160 Derby St. Salem, MA 01970. Enjoy!! <3