Viking surprise

Every year, a replica of a Viking boat

Suddenly appears on our lake.

Boat reflected

It looked very pretty

As it rested in the sunlight.

Boat in sun

A man and his son make the boats by hand

And sail them too – even as far away as to Finland and Russia (from Sweden).

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I love the weathered look of the wood

And those cool dragon-shaped oarlocks.

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The heavy wooden oars and the mast

Are stored in the boat for safekeeping.

And – yes! – that’s Oscar checking the boat out.

Oscar and boat

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106 thoughts on “Viking surprise

  1. Dear LadyFi, do they sell the boats each year? Or is there just one that they put into the water each spring? Such a lovely arc from stem to stern. They are real artisans. Peace.

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    1. They have several boats, I believe. They row to other countries on invitation and take part in Viking festivals etc.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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    2. They have several boats that they use at various events – as well as at least one they use for longer journeys.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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  2. Wow what a job that would be to build, passion of the arts is amazing. So neat that they do it together. Oscar is adorable.

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  3. What a terrific craft.. and that the two of them share this endeavor is even more wonderful. Very cool that you get to see.. and share their work.

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  4. I avoid using this word, but it is all that comes to mind. Awesome! Two things on my bucket list to build is a log cabin and a planked wooden boat. I am with you. I like the fact they allowed the craftsmanship to shine rather than glossy it up. Tar drips, shaving marks and all. A wild appearing boat for a wild ocean. Your lake I suspect hardly a challenge, but am sure it’s surface and well as surrounding inhabitants revel in its appearance. Great images.

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  5. OMG; I don’t have muchknowledge about vikings; but really wonderful to see these boat with great pictures♡♡♡ Oscar is SO adorable as well ♪
    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  6. Wonderful that someone still pursues the old ways and keeps the old craft of ship building alive. Apart from that, it is a very beautiful and serviceable boat.

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  7. I love your first 2 images of the boat – so restful. How wonderful that this man and his son are keeping a craft alive through these boats. It amazes me how these were sailed/rowed across the oceans. Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by my blog today.

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  8. How I miss a solid wooden boat. Well, not any more as I am far away from the water, but when we sailed and had a boat in a marina where ours and all the rest were made of fiberglass. It is wonderful to see an old tradition kept alive.

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  9. How wonderful the father and son built the boat together and your photos are always spectacular! Gorgeous shots all of them. The last one with Oscar, he always looks great in the water.

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  10. So picturesque presentation of… quite enough to make me think of a book with historical stories and heroes from or in fairyland!! If I could travel with a boat, even with a simple one like this… made of wooden elements. Thanks for these beautiful posts and the marvelous “Dawn’s sight”, as well for “May postcards” in the golden light… Many thanks for sharing them! All the best! Alexa T

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  11. What wonderful photos of a magical Viking boat. Up in the Western Isles of Scotland, where the Vikings ruled for 500 years, they build clinker boats…but they are not as elegant and low slung in the water as this gorgeous creation. Your photos are beyond wonderful Fi, but I really want a shot in the boat…to sail to Russia…… 🙂

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  12. Heisann!

    Wonderful lines and design of these old boats, so nice that persons will make their reconstructions. And wonderful photos!

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  13. Oh my, I LOVED the story of those boats (the 3rd photo is just extraordinary) and Oscar is ADORABLE. Thank you so much for the work you do to keep this wonderful meme going!

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  14. That is awesome – I’d love to travel in a boat like that. But not on the open sea, a lake like that would be perfect.

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  15. Such awesome photos, and yes beautiful boat. You mean that small boat traveled to Finland and Russia, OMG that is scary! Or maybe a different boat bigger than that.

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  16. è sempre con grande meraviglia ed incanto che torno a guardare le tue magnifiche foto! sono stata per qualche tempo poco presente sul web, ma spero di poter continuare a seguirti
    a big hug!

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  17. These are amazing! I have a print of the Lady of Shallot in my bedroom and they remind me of her boat. Your photos would be beautiful to print and frame! I keep going back to look at them again! Hugs, Diane

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  18. Oh my, I love this! What a lovely thing for the man and his son to do together and yes, I love the weathered, authentic look if the craft too. Fantastic photos Fi.

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