Join the Most Spectacular
Sailing Adventure

To Istanbul and around Europe

In 2020, the recently-sailed Viking ship, Saga Farmann, will sail in our forefathers’ routes through Europe. Do you want to join the adventure?

Oseberg Vikingarv has built the 60-foot Klåstad ship in Tønsberg. The vessel is from around 995, and it is perhaps the most representative of all the ships from the Norwegian Viking era. The Klåstad ship is a merchant ship and it is the first time that a copy of this vessel has been built. The ship was officially launched on September 6, 2018. Several people are talking about the Klåstad ship because it is said that the ship is going on an adventure out into the ocean. In 2020, she will go to Finnmark, towards the White Sea, to Onega, past Novgorod, Kazan, Volgograd, Rosov-on-Don to the Black Sea. Then it will finally make its way to the magnificent Constantinople (Istanbul).

The journey will not be a war expedition. Instead, it’ll be a pilegrimage; perhaps even the world’s longest pilgrimage.This will be a journey through history and culture, where meeting people and experiencing attractions at the various ports will give travelers knowledge and understanding of the cities explored. We will sail one leg of the trip every day. We believe that the impressions you get from sailing the rivers, fjords, seas and coastlines will give you unforgettable experiences. Traveling with others will also allow for both brotherhood and community.

The Ports

The map below is a sketch and shows only a selection of ports that are likely to be visited. A complete itinerary and overview of each leg will be published at a later date.

The first leg of the trip runs along the entire Norwegian coast. After passing Finnmark, the voyage continues through Russia and Ukraine, and continues across the Black Sea to Istanbul. From Istanbul, the journey continues between the Greek and Turkish islands. The course is then directed to the easternmost part of the Mediterranean Sea with exotic ports in Lebanon and Israel. Then the journey continues west towards Egypt, where the large cultural city of Alexandria awaits. And after Saga Farmann has traveled out of Egypt’s waters, there are many historic ports in Western Europe that await the ship before Saga Farmann returns home to Tønsberg and Norway. At the bottom you’ll find pictures from several of the ports that we plan to visit throughout the trip.

Unique Sailing Trip Throughout Europe

Not a single Norwegian Viking ship has just sailed this distance, due to the fact that modern channel and sluice construction has made it possible for the long connection between the White Sea and the Black Sea. After Istanbul, the journey continues to the eastern Mediterranean Sea, towards Alxandria, Venice, Spain, Ireland, Iceland, Greenland (it has not been officially confirmed if the last part of the trip goes directly from Scotland and back to Norway or if the trip will go to Scotland, to Greenland and Iceland before returning to Norway) and back to Norway.

King Sigurd rides into Constantinople. Gerhard Munthe - Book: Snorre Sturlaśon - Heimskringla, J.M. Stenersen & Co, 1899.

A Journey in Time and Space

Many people are interested in joining a leg of the trip (a week or so). The journey will last for three to five months, over the course of five summers. It will be an adventure like those with Sigurd Jorsalfar, but without warfare. Instead, it’ll be “a people to people project,” a journey in the past and present. A journey in time and space. The ship is baptized Saga Farmann after Bjørn Farmann who was a king in Tønsberg. In the saga of Harald Hårfagre, Snorre Sturlason tells the story of Bjørn, who had merchant ships on their way to other countries. Bjørn is told to have been both a wise and well-liked man.

Facts / Registration Information / Contact Information

  • It will be sailed in legs–four or five summers. 3-5 months every year. First north to Finnmark, then to the White Sea, down to Volga to the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and then back to Norway..
  • Expected departure: In 2020.
  • It’s possible to join for a few days, 1 week, maybe more.
  • It will sail during the day, but will find a suitable harbor to rest at in the evening
  • There will be accommodation in hotels, guesthouses, etc. Accommodation is included in the price you pay.
  • There is a permanent crew aboard Saga Farmann. You are there as a co-sailor. Sailing experience is not required.
  • Registration fee: NOK 500 / 1000. Anyone who pays the registration fee will be invited on the trip.
  • You must personally cover the costs of traveling to and from the Saga Farmann.
  • The cost of sailing with Saga Farmann for 1 week is not yet officially determined.
  • Contact information for information about the trip or registration: If you are in Tønsberg, you can contact the Viking Kiosk at Lindahlplan, or contact Eivind Luthen at +47 478 39 182 - email:, or Knut Børge Knutsen at +47 922 99 700, and email is Also check out

A highly credible source about the
Vikings in Constantinople can be read in
a runic inscription on the balustrade near
the Queen’s gallery in Hagia Sophia

Know, if thou has a friend whom thou fully trustest, and from whom thou woulds’t good derive, thou shouldst blend thy mind with his, and gifts exchange, and often go to see him (Benjamin Thorpe’s translation).



Church, Mosque, and Museum.

Hagia Sophia (Greek: Ἅγια Σοφία, “Holy Wisdom”; Turkish: Ayasofya) is a museum in Istanbul, Turkey.It was originally built as a church in 532–537 by Justinian I and is considered to be the largest and most impressive Byzantine monument in Istanbul. It was termed as acheiropoiet (Greek: “not by human hand”), a name given by the Byzants. However, the building was not typical of Byzantine architecture because the dimensions are Ubysan and Western. It was an experiment that was never again used in Byzantine architecture.

Morning Mood. Every morning, people go to the pier in Istanbul to get to work, whether it is on the European or Asian side of the Bosphorus Strait.

However, the church still was a great influence, both architecturally and liturgically, to later Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, but especially on Muslim mosques. Several of the largest Ottoman mosques in Istanbul are built with Hagia Sophia as inspiration. Among them are the Şehzade mosque, the Süleymaniye mosque and the Rüstem Pasha mosque.

The church was designed by the architects Anthemius of Tralles and Isidore of Miletus, and the work began in 532 in the wake of the Nika Revolt. The church makes a significant impression, and the large dome seems to float because of the wind band that encircles the entire dome.

The Virgin and Child mosaic in the apse is one of the first to be created after the iconoclasm, and we can still see the weak contours after the cross that was in the apse during the iconoclasm. Two of the mosaics have themes that will be repeated later: the great Deësis mosaic from the second half of the 13th century and the mosaic above the gate with the portrait of Leo VI from the late 9th century.

There are also runes in Hagia Sophia, traces of vikings (Varangians) who visited this sanctuary in Constantinople, perhaps while serving in the Emperor’s guard.

When the Turks occupied Constantinople in 1453, the mosaics of Hagia Sophia were covered and Hagia Sophia was redecorated and became a mosque. But the Turks also made significant repairs to Hagia Sophia, which at this time needed major repairs, planned by architect Mimar Sinan. The monument was secularized in 1934 and turned into a museum.

History says that the Byzantine emperor Justinian lost a piece of sacred bread during a Mass. A bee picked up the piece and flew away. Justinian sent a message to all the beekeepers in the country to look for the bread in their beehives. After a few days, a beekeeper appeared with a strange-looking hive. Justinian decided that a church should be built with the shape of this hive as the floor plan.

The church was built by Emperor Justinian in the early sixth century. Designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isidore of Miletus. The church has a fantastic architecture.

Hagia Sophia eventually rose in all its splendor and covers 7,750 square meters. The dome is 55.6 meters tall, 32 meters in diameter and is held up by 107 columns. The church is also famous for its mosaics, including stunning portraits of emperors and empresses and a gripping image of “Virgin and Child.”

Hagia Sophia was used by Christians for more than 900 years, but after the conquests of Turkey in 1453, the church was converted into a mosque. In the years after the conquest, the four minarets were erected. In 1934, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum.

Opening Hours at Hagia Sophia:

Every day from 9 AM to 5 PM.

The museum is closed on Mondays.

The museum closes at 1 PM on the first day of religious holidays.


Miklagarðr (Norwegian: Miklagard; Icelandic: Mikligarður; German: Michelgart) was the Norse name of the Byzantine city, later called Constantinople (modern Istanbul in Turkey). Other names of the city are Kostantiniyye and Stambul.

“Mikla” is a form of the Norse “mikill,” which means “great” or “big.” Thus, Miklagarðr means “the big city.”

Several men from Nordic regions went to work for the Byzantine emperor in Miklagarðr. This included, among others, the later Norwegian king Harald Hardrada. These were called Varangians and constituted a guard of elite soldiers.

There are several traces of Varangians in today’s Istanbul, including runes in Hagia Sophia.

King Sigurd Jorsalfare (Sigurd the Crusader) was also in Miklagarðr during his pilgrimage and crusade to Jerusalem 1108-1111


Istanbul (Turkish: İstanbul, former Constantinople, Turkish: Konstantinyé), with its nearly 15 million inhabitants (including suburbs), is the largest city in Turkey. The city was founded by Constantine the Great as the Roma Nova (New Rome), 25 km from where the ancient Greek commercial colony Byzantion had been, and became the capital of Imperium Romana in 330. After the division of the Roman Empire, it became the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire.

After Constantine’s death, the name Constantinople was used, but the official name of the city remained Roma Nova until 1930. It became the capital of the Ottoman Empire after the conquest of the city in 1453. In 1923, Ankara became the capital of the new Turkish Republic, and in 1930, Istanbul got its current name. The city still goes under the name Constantinople in Greece and in countries that are members of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Kilde: Wikipedia

«Den, der én gang har drukket af Bosporus, vil altid tørste efter mere. Istanbuls fascination slipper ikke sit tag i den rejsende». // “The one who once drank from Bosphorus will always desire more. Istanbul’s fascination does not get rid of the traveler. "



The Lofotr Viking Museum (Lofotr Vikingmuseum) is a historical museum based on a reconstruction and archaeological excavation of a Viking chieftain's village on the island of Vestvågøya in the Lofoten archipelago in Nordland county, Norway.


Iona is a small island
on the
west coast of Scotland


The Iona Monastery is one of the oldest and most important religious centers in Western Europe.


Several early Scottish kings and rulers, as well as kings from Ireland, Norway and France, are buried in the monastery’s cemetery.


Library and
World History


Park Güell




tidal island


The Italian architect Guglielmo da Volpiano built the church at the top during the early 1000’s. It was set at the top of the cliff, and several caves in the mountain were reinforced to support the building.


The island is pictured on the Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the conquests of England in 1066: one scene on the tapestry shows that Harold Godwinson rescues two knights from the quicksand during a strike.



Palermo is the 5th largest city in Italy after Rome, Milan, Naples, and Turin.


Sigurd Jorsalfare (Sigurd the Crusader) visited King Roger here in the early summer of 1110


One of the world’s oldest cities


It is one of the cities that is considered the world’s oldest continually populated city. Even during the time of the Phoenicians, it was considered an ancient city. Researchers believe that the place had inhabitants as far back as 8000 B.C.


Byblos is famous for its fish restaurants and outdoor cafés as well as exclusive tourism.


Jorsalfarer is considered a heroin this city


The old town of Acre has been designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site and includes, amongst other special tourist sites, a tunnel leading to the 13th century temple. Acre is also a center for the Baha'i religion.


A street in the old town is named after King Sigurd Jorsalfar (Sigurd the Crusader) in memory of his efforts to save the city from Egyptian invasion in 1110.


Historicalcultural treasures


Landsbyen Uzungöl ligger ved innsjøen med samme navn, og er en av Trabzon-provinsens mest populære turistattraksjoner.


Fra havnen i Trabzon tar det bare halvannen time med bil til pittoreske Uzungöl.

Nizjnij Novgorod

i Russland


I sovjettiden ble byen brukt til militær forskning og utvikling og var av den grunn forbudt område for utlendinger. Fredsprisvinner Andrej Sakharov ble forvist til eksil der fordi myndighetene ønsket å begrense hans kontakt med omverdenen.


Selv om byen ligger på elvebredden, er klimaet typisk innlandsklima, med lange, kalde og snørike vintre, og stabilt, varmt sommervær. Mange stiftet nok et kjennskap til byen under Fotball-VM i 2018 ble det vist mange kamper fra den flotte stadionen som ligger elvelangs her.

Kilder og referanser

Wikipedia, Stiftelsen Nytt Osebergskip, Pilegrimskontoret,, Eivind Luthen,, Den Tyrkiske Ambassaden i Oslo

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