A Short History of Seafaring and Boats in Norway

A Short History of Seafaring and Boats in Norway

Norway’s dynamic landscape – characterized by tall mountains, plunging fjords, and many inland rivers – has created a country with a strong maritime heritage and identity.  Spanning thousands of years, the history of boats and seafaring in Norway is both complex and fascinating.   While some techniques have changed little over the past centuries – such as the use of lapstrake construction for wooden boat hulls – others have changed enormously as a result of great advances in technology.  Below are links to more information about Norway’s dynamic maritime past and the boats that tell its story.

Petroglyphs – Evidence of the First Norwegian Boats

Laced Boats

Saami Boat Builders

Viking Ships

Late Medieval Vessels in Norway

Jekts and Inter-Norwegian Trade in the Post-Medieval Period

The Skyss System

The Postal Service