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).


I love the weathered look of the wood

And those cool dragon-shaped oarlocks.

Details copy

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 responses

  1. what a neat passion they share!

    May 26, 2014 at 15:39

  2. What a beauty!

    May 26, 2014 at 15:56

  3. oh wow…what a find…so cool that they make them and keep the old ways going…
    it does look very cool….

    May 26, 2014 at 16:05

  4. That is so cool!!! I didn’t know anyone was still building Viking ships on a regular basis!!!

    May 26, 2014 at 16:40

  5. How awesome that they work on them together and sail them…and that they are right there near you so you can share them with us! Beautiful!

    May 26, 2014 at 16:49

  6. What a beautiful Viking boat. I also love your photos. I’m glad Oscar was able to give the boat a thorough inspection.

    May 26, 2014 at 17:29

  7. This is awesome indeed!! Wonderful captures as always! So much history that they capture in their boats! Fantastic!! Hope you have a great week!!

    May 26, 2014 at 17:30

  8. Pat

    Beautiful historic replica!

    May 26, 2014 at 17:50

  9. It’s such a graceful shape – and very seaworthy, too, as it turns out!

    May 26, 2014 at 17:53

  10. such beautiful shots:)

    May 26, 2014 at 18:13

  11. What a great find, a beautiful old boat.. The reflections and photos are gorgeous.. Have a happy week!

    May 26, 2014 at 18:19

  12. What could happen to a man made built boat……………

    May 26, 2014 at 18:21

  13. What a beautiful boat and your did a marvelous job of capturing it. Lovely light.


    May 26, 2014 at 18:21

  14. Rose L.

    That is way cool! Hope you get shots of it all decked out!

    May 26, 2014 at 18:33

  15. What a fantastic find! I just love this boat!

    May 26, 2014 at 18:38

  16. JM

    I’m with you, I also love the weathered wood of the boat. Lovely!

    May 26, 2014 at 18:50

  17. 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.

    May 26, 2014 at 18:52

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

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

      May 27, 2014 at 08:01

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

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

      May 27, 2014 at 08:19

  18. Super cool! Oscar makes the post!

    May 26, 2014 at 19:00

  19. Ela

    Beautiful views !

    May 26, 2014 at 19:26

  20. I love that boat. Your photos are exquisite!:-)

    Greetings from London.

    May 26, 2014 at 20:13

  21. jensbrowndog

    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.

    May 26, 2014 at 20:58

  22. Cool and great photos!

    May 26, 2014 at 21:09

  23. Great shots. The vikings where great navigators and Oscar looks as if he has a nose for direction. Intrepid. :-)

    May 26, 2014 at 21:23

  24. Beautiful pictures!

    May 26, 2014 at 21:35

  25. Wonderful and scenic images.

    May 26, 2014 at 21:44

  26. Those first two images are so wonderfully peaceful. What graceful lines that boat has.

    May 26, 2014 at 21:58

  27. Incredible. And beautiful.

    May 26, 2014 at 22:14

  28. Amazing! Beautiful pictures, too. Aww Oscar wants a ride.

    May 26, 2014 at 22:21

  29. Very beautiful and peaceful scenes.

    May 26, 2014 at 22:26

  30. This is amazing! Great shots of that beautiful boat. I wish I could sail in one on that lake.

    May 26, 2014 at 23:23

  31. thesmittenimage

    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.

    May 26, 2014 at 23:27

  32. Great shots of these boats, Oscar looks so happy to be swimming today.

    May 27, 2014 at 00:18

  33. That boat is AWESOME! How beautiful the craftsmanship is…:)JP

    May 27, 2014 at 00:26

  34. Rahul

    Absolutely beautiful!

    May 27, 2014 at 01:10

  35. Wow! Like stepping back in time! :)

    May 27, 2014 at 01:44

  36. What a gorgeous boat! Your photos are fantastic! (I love seeing Oscar doing his “summer” thing!)

    May 27, 2014 at 02:25

  37. That is really special! I enjoyed the boat, but seeing Oscar at the end brought a smile to my face.

    May 27, 2014 at 02:41

  38. Wow—love that boat… The wood/design/oars, etc. is terrific…. What a talent that man has for doing that… Wow!


    May 27, 2014 at 02:51

  39. Hudson Howl

    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.

    May 27, 2014 at 03:02

  40. Great photos and the boat looks wonderful.

    May 27, 2014 at 03:17

  41. miyahde

    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*

    May 27, 2014 at 03:53

  42. Interesting.
    Even better w/ Oscar in the shot! xx

    May 27, 2014 at 03:56

  43. I appreciate all things hand crafted. This is the ultimate cool!

    May 27, 2014 at 04:20

  44. Handmade gems. Must be a wonderful ride.

    May 27, 2014 at 04:38

  45. 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.

    May 27, 2014 at 06:06

  46. Beautiful! Perhaps Oscar is wanting to go for a sail?:)

    May 27, 2014 at 06:17

  47. What an interesting hobby they have–and a wonderful sense of adventure it must be to sail that handmade boat!

    May 27, 2014 at 06:17

  48. Very imaginative! Love the Viking dog in the last photo.

    May 27, 2014 at 07:09

  49. Looks like an adventurous boat ! And doggie seems to be happy to swim in the water !

    May 27, 2014 at 08:39

  50. what a beauty and loved those reflections also:)

    May 27, 2014 at 08:44

  51. Leovi

    Yes, wonderful photos, I really like, I especially love the reflections and lights!

    May 27, 2014 at 09:18

  52. What a lovely place!

    May 27, 2014 at 09:55

  53. 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.

    May 27, 2014 at 10:34

  54. Great shots, amazing the distances they travel!

    May 27, 2014 at 11:59

  55. Awesome photos!

    May 27, 2014 at 13:00

  56. Great shots ~ very creative ! Favorite, though is your doggie in the water ~ xoxo

    May 27, 2014 at 13:42

  57. Captured so beautifully!!

    May 27, 2014 at 14:15

  58. mir

    what a great story and photos

    May 27, 2014 at 15:33

  59. daryledelstein

    what a delightful surprise and photo op!

    May 27, 2014 at 15:49

  60. wow, neat to have interesting neighbours. that’s quite the way to travel (Pearl @Humanyms)

    May 27, 2014 at 17:05

  61. What a beautiful boat! How wonderful a father and son share this craft together…

    May 27, 2014 at 17:56

  62. 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.

    May 27, 2014 at 18:12

  63. Anonymous

    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.

    May 27, 2014 at 18:42

  64. Wonderful photos from the land of the Vikings…what a beautifully made boat.


    May 27, 2014 at 19:32

  65. What an amazing job they do. The boat is beautiful.

    May 27, 2014 at 19:35

  66. This boat is gorgeous. Like in a movie or a story. Your photos are wonderful.
    best regards, Synnöve

    May 27, 2014 at 19:56

  67. Pure love. Gorgeous pictures!

    May 27, 2014 at 20:14

  68. 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

    May 27, 2014 at 21:11

  69. What a beautiful boat!! Oscar looks like a bit of a viking himself. Boom, Bobbi, and Gary.

    May 27, 2014 at 21:51

  70. That is so romantic and adventurous! A wonderful boat and I admire the craftmanship!

    May 27, 2014 at 22:15

  71. 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……:-)

    May 27, 2014 at 23:07

  72. bjorgnin


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

    May 27, 2014 at 23:10

  73. yes. it is beautiful but I would not trust it in a windy day.

    May 27, 2014 at 23:21

  74. 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!

    May 27, 2014 at 23:59

  75. lapd20317

    Very cool!!! I take it that their treks to Finland and Russia were on the Baltic Sea???

    May 28, 2014 at 01:31

  76. Your last capture with the design of the boat (and your doggie!) is my favorite!

    May 28, 2014 at 02:24

  77. Amazing way to keep history alive! The boat is a work of art and the long-distance sailors very brave. I assume they must test each new boat on your lake?

    May 28, 2014 at 03:09

    • I think they use the same boats every year for various Viking events.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

      May 28, 2014 at 05:21

  78. Al

    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.

    May 28, 2014 at 03:51

  79. dnambiar11

    Such beautiful photographs!! They”ll make great postcards.

    May 28, 2014 at 04:13

  80. 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.

    May 28, 2014 at 04:38

    • Yes, they travelled in that boat to recreate the journeys Vikings took.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

      May 28, 2014 at 05:19

  81. They are quite the craftsmen, and I don’t blame Oscar for the close inspection. I would too.

    May 28, 2014 at 06:09

  82. 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!

    May 28, 2014 at 06:13

  83. Fantastic photos as always Fi:-)

    May 28, 2014 at 10:58

  84. It is beautiful and a little scary to think they would sail such a small craft across open water.

    May 28, 2014 at 13:04

  85. A beautiful craft! This boat has such a shallow draft, it is a wonder that it makes it across open seas!

    May 28, 2014 at 16:26

  86. What a great thing to have show up! I love your shots of it!

    May 28, 2014 at 21:22

  87. What an amazingly cool boat!! Awesome. Love the captures!

    May 28, 2014 at 21:59

  88. lovely boat photos
    makes me day dream
    so lovely

    May 29, 2014 at 03:16

  89. j’aime bien ce cliché avec les personnages

    May 29, 2014 at 10:55

  90. Beautiful shots and that Viking boat is amazing and interesting to see..

    May 29, 2014 at 11:37

  91. 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

    May 29, 2014 at 15:12

  92. What artists they are! Oscar is enjoying the swim too!:)

    May 29, 2014 at 17:43

  93. You are sooo lucky to have such things closely. And so beautifully photographed, as always:)

    May 30, 2014 at 02:17

  94. What a wonderful thing for him to do and for you to see and photograph – and anticipate.

    May 30, 2014 at 07:18

  95. That would be a good boat to get to “play” in – wide at the top, must be stable.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    June 1, 2014 at 11:21

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  97. Joy

    Your posts and pictures always fascinates me:)

    June 1, 2014 at 21:07

  98. Beautiful series, wonderful reflection in the first one, wonderful light and mood in this series

    June 2, 2014 at 08:31

  99. Oscar becoming great detective:) The boat creates a picturesque setting for scenic shots! Beautiful photos

    June 2, 2014 at 12:36

  100. 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.

    June 3, 2014 at 12:27

  101. What a great project for the father and son and to sail it so far…wow!

    June 5, 2014 at 01:40

  102. came back to say congrats on your POTW!

    June 9, 2014 at 23:58

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