Gokstad Mound, Sandefjord

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  • Gokstadhaugen or The Gokstad Mound may appear like a simple place but actually a very interesting place to visit because of its Viking historical significance. This is my second time to visit this...  more »
  • The Gokstad Mound is the site of the most intact and important Viking boat burial ever discovered. Although the boat is now in Oslo museum the location is still preserved. There is some interesting.....  more »
  • In 1880 a Viking Langskipet (Longship) was discovered in the Gokstadhaugen burial mound. Gokstadhaugen is one of the most important remnants from the Viking Age in Vestfold. The Gokstadhaugen is the largest Viking burial mound excavated. A king was buried here a few years after 900, probably Olav Geirstadalv who was the uncle of Harald I, the first king of Norway. The mound held the largest Longship ever found, as well as the remains of 12 horses, 6 dogs, a peacock, a ruchsac, a gaming board and 3 smaller boats. The Longship was able to hold 70 men, a double crew-one to row and the other to rest. The Longship, boats and other items from the grave are exhibited at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. The copy of the Longship is found at Museumsbrygga in Sandefjord Harbor. The copy ship is called "Gaia". Read more: Wikipedia's English pages about the Gokstad shipAbout the copy ship GaiaAbout the Gokstad excavation and findingsViking ships and norse wooden boatsToday the mound is situated quite a distance away from the fjord where the ship would have sailed. The land level has risen nearly 3 meters since the construction of the mound but even so the mouth of the fjord would have been 400 meters away. It is believed the Vikings pulled the ship up along a stream called Hasle that runs close by the mound
  • Not so much for tourist but quite place and good info

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