Friday, February 11, 2011
Vittangi Boat -
Viking ship construction continues today in Scandinavia including production of Viking replicas, small homemade utility vessels, and vessels used by the native Saami such as the one shown above from Vittangi in Northern Sweden. Perhaps someday it will be shown that the design of Viking ships did not originate in the southern Baltic and Europe, but rather from boatbuilding traditions of the northern boreal forests which also survive today.
W.W. Fitzhugh and E. I Ward (eds.), "Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga," Nordic Council of Ministers, Smithsonian Institute, New York, 2000