Along the coast of Norway, in and out the fjords, a Viking longboat noses its way.
Along the coast of Norway, in and out the fjords, a Viking longboat noses its way. But it's about eight hundred years since fairhaired warriors last plundered this part of the world, brandishing their swords and shields, putting the fear of the Devil in the docile farmers who toiled on the land. This ship doesn't carry warlike Vikings, looking for loot and excitement, only jovial tourists, enjoying the inspiring vista and beautys of Norway.
Even so it is possible to taste roast pig, that's been cooked over a fire with a spit, and drink a horn of Mead, as the warfaring seamen of ancient times did.
From Stavanger, in west Norway, this longboat sails along the coast for trips lasting about two hours. It is powered by a marine engine but carries a sail that flaps, rather comically, against the main mast. Mr. Poulsen, a Dane, first thought of the idea of taking tourists back a thousand years and sailing them along the coast. Several film companies have already shown an interest in this craft and want to hire it for special scenes in films that they are preparing.
Another idea of MR. Poulsen's is a Viking village, built on the pattern on the ancient warriors' homes, that tourists could spend their holidays in--a Viking holiday camp. All the amenities, or lack of, would be included and the tourists could spent their vacation imagining themselves to be men, and women, of another, more romantic, if unwholesome, age.