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
Late Medieval Vessels in Norway
Jekts and Inter-Norwegian Trade in the Post-Medieval Period
The Postal Service