The snekkja class longship was the second smallest of the Viking long ships used for battle or raid purposes. The Snekkja was thought to have a length of 17 metres, a width of 2.5 m, and a draught of only 0.5 m. The ship had oars and sails of which the number of oars was at least 20 pairs. The Snekkja is thought to have carried a crew of around 40 Vikings. It was easier to build and still capable of carrying plenty of bounty. The Norwegian snekkjas were designed for deep fjords and Atlantic weather, and typically had more draught than the Danish snekkja which was designed for low coasts and beaches. Snekkjas were so light that they had no need of ports, they could simply be beached, and potentially even carried across a portage. Despite not being the largest of the longships, the Snekkja was definitely one of the most common and probably the most popular.
A table for sea traveling is presented below. It takes into account the number and type of crew members, the time of day and the weather conditions. The travel distance is mostly 1, 2 or 7 nodes depending on the amount of cargo.
|Vessel||crew||cargo||distance per day (km)||nodes (max)|
|type of effect||half full||full||heavy rain / snow||heavy storm / blizzard||dusk||night|
|cargo effects||-1 nodes||-2 nodes|
|weather effects||-2 nodes||-3 nodes|
|time of day effects||-1 nodes||-2 nodes|