Why shipbuilding became important in the Nordic countries

Norwegian Vikings

Harald Fairhair (850-932)
The first monarch to rule over a significant part of Norway. Legend has it that he refused to cut his hair until he was the sole king of Norway.

Eirik Bloodaxe (885-954)
King of Norway from 933 to 935. The name Bloodaxe is believed to come from his early participation in Viking raids.

Håkon the Good (918–961)
King of Norway from 930 to 960. He used his educational experience from England to unite more of the country than his brother Eirik Bloodaxe.

Olav Tryggvason (963–1000)
King of Norway from 995 to 1000. His main act as king was to convert large parts of his kingdom from the Nordic to the Roman Catholic religion.

Olav II, known as St. Olav (993-1030)
King of Norway from 1015 to 1028. A war leader in England and France before returning to Norway. Olav saw it as his mission to unite Norway into a Christian kingdom. Canonized after his death at the Battle of Stiklestad on July 29, 1030.

Magnus the Good (1024-1047)
King of Norway from 1035 to 1047. His reign benefited from the waning brutality and desire of the Vikings to restore the monarchy.

Harald Hardrada (1015-1066)
King of Norway from 1045 to 1066. In the first year he reigned with Magnus the Good. He died in the Battle of Stamford Bridge while attempting to attack England. His death is considered the end of the Viking Age.