The Ladby Dragon

On May 14, 2016, the Ladby Dragon was christened and launched.

After 5 years of construction at the shipyard in front of the museum, 40 men and women were able to pull the big ship on rollers down to Kerteminde Fjord, where it rested for a few days, waiting for the big day: the Launch.


The Viking ship
For now, the Ladby Dragon rocks gently in the water during the summer season. In the winter it will be pulled onto land to be maintained and cared for. Museum guests are welcome to walk onto the dock for a closer look at the ship, but there is no admittance on board.

Facts for ship enthusiasts;
The Ladby Ship belongs to the category of long ships. Almost everything on the ship was built or crafted by hand by volunteer boat builders under the skilled instruction of a professionally trained boat builder.

Technical data:
Length: 21.5 metres (70’ 6”)
Width: 3 metres (ca. 10’)
Height: 1 metre (3’ 3”)
Draft: 1/2 metre (1’ 8”)

Materials: The ship itself is made of oak, felled in a local forest. The upper row of planks is of ash. The mast and the oars are of fir. The fore and the aft stems are called stepped stems, and each is hewn out of one piece of wood.

Ribs: 17, with about 95 cm (1 yard) between them.

Strakes: 8 on each side.

Keel: Total length: 18.2 metres (ca. 60 ‘). It is comprised of three pieces, one being 15.4 metres (50’ 6”) and extended at both ends with pieces that are 1.5 metres (ca. 5’) long.

Rivets and nails: a total of 2092 pieces, of iron.

Oars: 32. Each oar weighs 16 kg. (35 lbs. 4 oz.).

Mast, rudder and rigging: Not found during excavation, but shroud rings were found on both railings. The mast is ca. 11 metres (36’) tall and weighs 200 kg. (441 lbs.).

Weight: The Ladby Dragon weighs 3164 kg. (6,891.65 lbs.) and carries 900 kg. (1,984 lbs.) of ballast.

Sail: The sail is being created from linen cloth which will be dyed blue and yellow. The sail is approximately 65 sq.metres (700 sq. ft.) in size.

The anchor: Norwegian iron.

Paint: The ship is painted with yellow and blue linseed oil paint, since during the excavation in 1935, traces of yellow and blue paint were found.


Clothes make the man/woman
Every Thursdag from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM
The Viking Museum at Ladby

Would you like to see how Viking clothes are sewn?

Summer Activities
Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 3:00 PM from July 4 until August 3
The Viking Museum at Ladby

Come to the Viking Museum in your holidays and play Vikings.

The World of the Ladby King
June 24 until December 30, 2017
The Viking Museum at Ladby

What did the Vikings look like? What did they believe in? What was their way of living?


New light on the past
4. April 2017
Landscape & Archaeology

Data from several thousand detector finds will now, for the first time, will be gathered and studied to throw new light on the transition from the prehistoric period to the historic period.

Odin has arisen
12. October 2016

A fine little metal figure, only 5 cm (2”) tall, popped out of the earth.

Terrific summer at the Viking Museum
7. October 2016
The Viking Museum Ladby

More than 10,000 people visited the Viking Museum at Ladby during the school summer holidays. That is more guests during that period than ever before.

A viking king on a horse found on Eastern Funen
27. May 2016
Vikingemuseet Ladby

The extraordinary find may give us a hint to what the Ladby king may have looked like.