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Danish priest followed Viking route along Volga river

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Danish priest followed Viking route along Volga river


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Thomas Frank, priest and scientist from Denmark, has traveled the so-called route of the Vikings ("from the Varangians to the Persians") along the Volga river on a dugout canoe (''dolbenka'' in Russian). The boat was made for him by the Nizhny Novgorod craftsman Mikhail Napylov, the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper reports.

The expedition began in August and lasted 50 days. The traveler managed to prove that the Vikings in ancient times went to the southern lands of Russia on small boats. 

Ancient documents confirm that the Vikings used dugout canoes to travel the Volga and other Russian rivers. Thomas Frank decided to follow the path of the Vikings on a recreated boat to prove it. In order to do this, he found a master boatman in a Nizhny Novgorod village.

The traveler set off on a journey in early August from the Leningrad region and finished his trip 50 days later in Astrakhan. 

The boat will be exhibited in a Danish museum dedicated to the Eastern Viking campaigns.

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