In 1962, the remains of five Viking Ships were excavated over the span of 4 months, near the town of Skuldelev, close to Roskilde in east Denmark. These ships, named Skuldelev 1 through 5, are today displayed at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde.
Skuldelev 2 is an oak-built, sea-going warship, a longship, originally build in Dublin around the year 1042. Approximately 30 m long and 3.8 m wide it would have had a crew of 70-80 men. A reconstruction of this ship took place at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde and a replica was built, using original tools and ancient craftsmanship. The ship was to be called "The Sea Stallion from Glendalough" (in Danish: Havhingsten). It sailed successfully back to Dublin during the summer of 2007, through the rough conditions of the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. The ship was displayed in Dublin until the summer of 2008, at which time it was sailed back to Roskilde again, where it remains as an exhibition at the Viking Ship Museum.
By a chance, yesterday I caught a glimpse of a television documentary about the outbound voyage of the longship to Dublin. I was utterly impressed by the achievement of the volunteers that manned the ship, thus incredibly in awe of the extraordinary longevity and determination, which the Vikings must have possessed. The modern journey was a culmination of almost 50 years of basic research in experimental archaeology, and remains a tribute to the history of the Vikings and to the ambitions of modern man in trying to retrace it.