Maritime findings of sensationel character

Photo: Nationalmuseet

The discovery of the Hjortspringboat (350 BC) near Guderup on island Als and the Nydamboat (320 AD) at Sundeved, has marked maritime history in Europe.

These are NOT Viking ships! However, we are talking about two sensational maritime findings showing the development within shipbuilding over a time of 700 years. From the Hjortspringboat, a light war canoe dated 350 BC to the more stable clinker-built Nydamboat dated 320 AD.

Unfortunately, the original bog findings are not at a museum in Sønderborg. The Hjortspringboat is exhibited at National Museum in Copenhagen and the Nydamboat can be seen at Gottorp Castle, a 1-hour drive south of the border to Germany. 

However fiery souls makes it possible to see true copies of the two boats. At Hjortspringbådens Laug, situated in the small village Holm on North Als, they have built the replica Tilia Alsie, instead of built we might have to say sewed and at Sottrupskov Storskov on the mainland you´ll find the larger boat Nydam Tveir.

Nydam Tveir is laying in the water during summer, and if the weather gods are merciful, the members of Nydamlauget rows a tour in the ship every Tuesday evening.

Time line

This is a Viking ship! At the dam to Augustenborg you might see a black ship with mast and a nicely swung bow. Sebbe Als is a replica of Wreck no. 5, a smaller warship found at Skuldelev near Roskilde on Zealand. The ship members goes on expedition every summer on board Scandinavia’s oldest sailing Viking ship.