Photos: Replica Viking Ship Docks at The Wharf

The Draken Harald Hårfagre is a modern-day recreation of a first-century-era Viking ship, built in the tradition of Norwegian boat building.

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The Draken Harald Hårfagre is the world's largest operating Viking ship sailing in modern times, according to organizers.
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The Draken sailed into the harbor at The Wharf in Southwest D.C. on Friday, Oct. 5.
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The Draken is a recreation of a kind of sailing ship the Vikings used in Scandinavia. VIsitors can board the ship and take a tour of the deck.
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Docked across from The Anthem music venue, the Draken is also accompanied by an immersive photo and video exhibition called the Draken Village, featuring exhibits about Viking history, modern explorers and the recent adventures of the Draken.
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The exhibition and access to the Village are free and open to the public between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tours of the Draken's deck are available Monday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 12 to 3:30 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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Tickets to tour the deck are available online and on site at the Draken Village. Prices range from $12 for adults and $6 for children ages five to 15. A family pack is available for $30.
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Crew members are available to give tours and answer questions about the ship's historical inspiration and construction process.
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Construction of the Draken began in March 2010, according to organizers. It is named after Harald Hårfagre, the king who unified Norway into a single kingdom in the first century.
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The ship's ornamentation is inspired by Viking ships found in Norway. The Draken features a traditional dragon's head and tail. The dragon's head is said to protect the ship and her crew during voyage.
The Draken's design was inspired by archaeological material, Viking saga literature, Old Norse literature, visual representations of Viking ships and old sailing records.
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The Draken was launched in 2012 and trial sailing began. During 2012 and 2013, the Draken was tested along the Norwegian coastline and hit the open ocean in 2014, sailing from Haugesund, Norway to Liverpool, England and back again.
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According to Sigurd Aase, the owner behind the project, the shipbuilding behind the Draken was the rocket science of the Viking era.
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The Draken's stop in Washington, D.C. is part of a multi-stop tour of the East Coast, hosted in partnership with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in D.C. and the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Inc.
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