Gunnar Marel sailing on the The Icelander Viking ship from Keflavik to Reykjavik in the year 2002.
The Iceland Knarr project is about building the first full-scale and seaworthy replica of the Hedeby 3 shipwreck (Knarr), discovered in the Hedeby harbor in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany in 1980. Also, the purpose of the project is to sail the Knarr from Germany to Iceland not using any modern navigation tools.
The driving force behind the Iceland Knarr project is Gunnar Marel Eggertsson. He is both a sea captain and a master shipbuilder by trade. Gunnar Marel is an Icelandic citizen with extensive knowledge and long experience of both building and sailing Viking ships. He is also very well known internationally and in Iceland for his work with Viking ships.
In the year 2002, Gunnar Marel was awarded the Order of the Falcon by the Icelandic state for his work with the Viking ship the Icelander (Íslendingur), which he built and also sailed from Iceland to America in the year 2000 to commemorate the 1,000 year anniversary of the voyage of Icelandic explorer Leifur Eiríksson to North America. The Order of the Falcon is the highest honor that the Icelandic state can bestow on individuals.
Feel free to contact Gunnar Marel the project leader for more information.