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Viking Ship Models


We specialize in Museum quality scale Viking ship scale models built from the Gokstad and other Viking ship plans. We can build to suit a variety of size and budget requirements, depending on the model. Understand the these models are built with an exceptionally level of detail required to keep the models authentic..

Captain Magnus Andersen's replica of the Gokstad ship Viking in New York Harbor in 1893.


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Ship Construction Methods Pg. 1

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Ship Construction Methods Pg. 3

Ship Construction Methods Pg. 4

Section Plan View

Profile View

Viking Ship Under Construction

View from Amidships

Gokstad in Museum

Steering Oar

Viking Landing


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Our Replica

GAIA is a replica of the Gokstad Ship, it was built in the winter of 1989-90 in Bjørkedalen, in west Norway. The replica was built by the Bjørkeda family, the oldest ship builders in Norway, these three sons and their father were commissioned to build Gaia. Their family name Bjørkeda, comes from the remote valley where the family has lived for hundreds of years.

This family took six months to build the Gokstad replica and tried whenever possible to use traditional techniques.
These iron fastenings were couplings from the Viking originals. For corking to make the boat water proof, they use strands of hint to tied the boat just as it was a thousand years ago. The Gaia ship has full-length shadow heal and it has been out of pine and oak. Gaia has 32 rowing oar holes and one steering oar on the starboard side.
To lash the boat to the frames the Vikings used whale fibers. The Bjørkedal's have to use their frames with modern materials but they still have crafted theirs with the motion of the whales. The lashing of the frames is one of the secrets of the Viking Sea worthiness.
When she was launch people lend a hand as she was eased to the water. The island of Halhomen in the west of Norway was where Gaia was first fitted out.
They were two other Viking replica ships here: Saga Siglar, a Viking freighter and Dronningen , a replica of the earlier 9th century Oseberg ship.

Technical Information

Name: GAIA  
Callsign:  LGGI
Built: 1990, Bjørkedalen, Norway
Class: NOR
LOA: 23,33 m
Beam: 5,25 m
Draught:  1,20 With rudder  (0,75 without rudder)
Air draught:  18 m
Tonnage: 26t Gr. reg. Tons,   10t net. reg. Tons
Sail area:  120 m2
Rig: One mast with one square sail
Engine:  57 HP Volvo Penta diesel
Materials:  pine on oak ribs
Passenger certificate: 30 passengers 
Speed sailing: 4-9 knots  (17 knots max.)
Speed with engine: 5 knots (8,5 max)
Speed rowing:  2-3 knots

Equipment :

Jotron EPIRB Tron 30S MkII
Jotron SART Tron SART
Jotron hand VHF Tron VHF
Jotron air
2 life buoys with Jotron 4F Flashing lifebuoy lights
Simrad VHF RS8300
Silva compas
Diesel fire and bilge pump
2 life rafts, 20 and 25 persons
55 Life Jackets, (Regatta Thermo Cruise)
Philips GPS Navigator MK8
Garmin 12XL GPS
Raytheon echo sounder
Radar reflector.


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