Experience the life of Vikings in a real Viking ship

Come on board and enjoy a unique experience of an authentic Icelandic replica of a Viking ship. Get some wind in the sail and learn about the vivid culture and stories of the first Icelandic Viking settlers.

Sail like a Viking on this tour from Reykjavik’s Old Harbor around Reykjavik Bay in an authentic replica of the Gaukstad ship from 900 AD. This is a unique experience for sailing enthusiasts, history buffs and Viking fans alike. It’s also the perfect way to get off the island and feel the wind in your hair!

You’ll feel like a true Viking as you set sail. You’ll be accompanied by a crew consisting of Vikings and up to 12 passengers 1 – 1 1/2 hours on the Reykjavik Bay. 

You will learn the Viking way to navigate on sea and how to maneuver the sail like Ingólfr did when he settled in Reykjavik in 874 AD. Or you can imagine yourself to be Kjartan Ólafsson, the hero of the famous Laxdæla saga, who sailed from nearby Breiðafjorður Bay and journeyed to Norway to seek his fortune, bringing back many fine gifts from the king himself.

The Gaukstad ship, from which this replica is made, was discovered in Norway in 1880. The original is an excellent example of a trading or transport ship from the faraway Viking past, built of strong oak which stood the test of time. Originally, it had room for 32 oarsmen and could reach speeds up to 12 knots on the open sea.

While you are on the water, be sure to look over the nearby cliffs and islands for the distinct orange beaks and black-and-white feathers of puffins. Cast your eyes over the waves to spot whales and other marine life breaking the surface. It is easy to imagine how sailors in the Viking Age would have welcomed these uplifting sights after many days at sea.

This is an open boat, so for safety and comfort we ask you to dress according to the Icelandic weather. Wear warm outdoor clothing and proper walking shoes.


Quick Facts


Daily departures: 9:30, 11:30, 13:30 and 15:30.

From June 1st to August 31st.

Departure from Reykjavik Old Harbour – Ægisgarður. 


Price 2017:  
11.900 ISK for adults.

6.900 ISK for children 7 – 15 years old.

Free for children 3 – 6 years old.


What to bring: Wear warm outdoor clothing and proper walking shoes. 

Duration: 1 – 1 1/2 hours.

How to book

This tour can be booked on our website, upon arrival in our Reykjavík hostels or through tours@hostel.is. Due to limited availability we recommend you book the tour in advance. 




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