The Vikings built ships called ‘longships’ which had a large square or rectangular sail and carried oars so that they could still be powered even if the wind wasn’t blowing.
The ships must have been very frightening because of their fierce figureheads and brightly coloured sails.
They carried about 80 men who were fierce fighters and carried weapons such as swords and axes. They used large round shields as their armour.
Various groups today have built replica Viking ships modeled on the amazing ‘Gokstad’ ship which is in Oslo Viking museum in Norway.