The Leif Erikson Ship was built in Korgen, Norway by local boat builders to replicate the type of ship sailed and the route used by the Vikings in their settlement of North America around 997 A.D. The 42 foot vessel was completed in April of 1926.Add Leif Erikson Park and other attractions to your Duluth trip itinerary using our Duluth travel route planning tool .
Captain Gerhard Folgero and his crew of three left Bergen, Norway for North America on May 23rd of that same year.
On the voyage to Duluth, the ship stopped at the Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and landed at St. Johns, Newfoundland on July 20, 1926. While crossing the Atlantic, the crew encountered heavy seas of hurricane proportions and became ice-locked near Greenland.
After landing in Newfoundland the crew and ship set sail for Boston, Massachusetts and arrived in August of 1926. They had traveled a distance of 6,700 miles, the greatest distance for a ship of its size in modern history, logging 10,000 miles, arriving in Duluth, Minnesota on June 23, 1927
The goal was accomplished, reenacting Leif Erikson's route taken in 997 A.D., proving that the Vikings traveled the Atlantic to North America.
Leif Erikson Park Reviews
My husband and I were on a road trip around Lake Superior and Duluth was a stop. I found the garden on TripAdvisor. This garden is wonderful! Great view of the lake and having all the roses in bloom. ... more »
The parking here is usually adequate. I love this spot. Had some wedding photos done here. Iconic and beautiful. more »
I go here every Saturday evening. You can go on to the rocky bank of Lake Superior and feel the breeze hitting your face. It feels so refreshing. A very calm and peaceful place to spend evenings with your family, friends if you decided to embrace nature. The sunsets are the best. You can get a great view of the Ariel Lift Bridge and the Duluth City Skyline!
This park is a great gathering place with a stage and a wide open grass area. There are also several benches where you can overlook lake superior. There is even a trail that goes behind the stage and to the lake shore. On fridays in the summer they offer free movies. Just bring a lawn chair or blanket.
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