The Ladby Dragon

See the Viking Museum’s most ambitious construction project to date: the reconstruction of the Ladby Ship. Construction took 5 years. The ship was launched in 2016 and named the Ladby Dragon.

Building at the Viking Museum

At the Viking Museum Ladby we love building, and there is almost always a construction project in progress. In addition to the Dead Ship – the 1:1 model of the Viking ship with its grave goods and king, which is on display in the museum’s basement – 2011 saw the start of yet another ambitious shipbuilding project: a full-scale copy of the buried Viking ship. It is approximately 22 metres long and 3 metres wide, with room for 32 oarsmen. The difference between the two shipbuilding projects was that this ship was intended to be launched and to sail on Kerteminde Fjord. 5 years later, on 14 May 2016 to be precise, the Ladby Dragon, as it came to be known, was christened and launched to great jubilation.

The project was made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Augustinus Foundation and the municipality of Kerteminde.

Now the Ladby Dragon is in the water at the foot of the burial mound, rocking away throughout the summer. Visitors to the museum are welcome to walk onto the jetty to take a close look at the ship, but are not allowed on board. When winter approaches, the ship is hauled ashore and sits in a tent, where volunteers see to its maintenance and visitors to the museum can view it.

There are also regular courses for Viking sailors who are trained and practise in the cove and on the fjord.



21,5 m


3,0 m

Height (amidships)

1,0 m


0,5 m


3126 kg


65 m2