Viking Boat House: Where the Vikings Protected Their Souls

Viking boat house

Beside famous architecture like the Viking long houses or the Viking trelleborgs, the Vikings also had the boat house or boathouse (naust) for their boats. Obviously, with the help of boats, the Vikings could reach their glory. That’s why I call Viking boats Viking souls. Below are some interesting things about the Viking boat house.

The reconstruction of the Viking house for boats
The reconstruction of the Viking house for boats

As the name indicates, Viking boathouse was built to keep the Viking boats/ships. During the winter and anytime that the Vikings could not set sail, they would keep the boats inside the house. There, these Midgard serpents would lie and rest till the day they could roam around the world.

The Vikings would dig up the land near the waterline to build the house. This spot would allow them to easily bring the giant friend into their house.

Another reconstruction of Viking boathouse
Another reconstruction of Viking boathouse

The Viking ships would be 25 meters in length and some even longer. According to the historians, the Viking ships at that time were quite simple because the Vikings focused more on the speed.

These Viking farmers and warriors would build the boat house with stones and wood. Each house could only hold one ship and there would be multiple of houses in the site.

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