Kvalsund ship

The Kvalsund ship (Norwegian: Kvalsundskipet) is a late 7th century rowing ship, discovered embedded in a marsh on Kvalsund in Herøy, Møre og Romsdal near Ålesund in 1920, along with a smaller rowboat called Kvalsundferingen. It is of an earlier construction than the Oseberg and Gokstad ship, both of which date to the ninth century. The Kvalsund ship dates to 690AD.

Replica of the Kvalsund ship
Name: Kvalsund Ship
Launched: 690AD
Notes: Discovered June 1920
General characteristics
Length: 18m

The ship featured a detachable rudder on one side that could be removed in shallow water, and its shape strongly suggests it had a sail - if so, it would be the first Scandinavian ship discovered to have one.[1]


  1. ^ Christopher Culpin (2017). Viking Expansion c750-c1050. Hodder Education. ISBN 9781471861123.