V/s Óðinn
Name: Óðinn
Launched: September 1959
Commissioned: January 1960
Decommissioned: 2006
Identification:IMO number: 5261037
Status: Museum ship
General characteristics
Type: offshore patrol vessel
Displacement: 910 long tons (925 t)
Length: 208 ft 11 in (63.68 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draught: 18 ft (5.5 m)
  • B&W V.B.F 62 x 2
  • 2096 kW
Speed: 18 knots (21 mph; 33 km/h)
Complement: 19
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Surface Search: Sperry; E/F-band
  • Navigation: Furuno; I-band
Aircraft carried: One helicopter

ICGV Óðinn is a decommissioned offshore patrol vessel formerly operated by the Icelandic Coast Guard. She is the oldest ship in the coastguard's fleet, and it is believed that her Burmeister & Wain engines are the only such engines that are still serviceable in the world today. Since her withdrawal from active duty, she has served as a floating exhibit at the Vikin Maritime Museum in Reykjavík Harbour. The engines are maintained, and still operative as of June 2011.

The Cod Wars

On 30 April 1976, during the cod wars, she was rammed in the stern by the British sidewinder trawler Arctic Corsair, after Óðinn had made three attempts to cut the trawl warps.[1] In 2017, with both vessels museum ships, their bells were exchanged as a gesture of cooperation.[2]

In film

ICGV Óðinn was used as scenery in the film Flags of Our Fathers, when it was filmed in Iceland the summer of 2005. She rescued one of the landing boats used in the film, as it was about to be thrown into a cliff.

Previous Óðinns

  • The first ICGV Óðinn was the second Icelandic Coast Guard vessel that was commissioned and the first purposely built as a patrol ship. She was built in Denmark in 1925 and arrived in Iceland on 23 June 1926. A steel ship with a displacement of 512 tonnes, she was armed with two 57mm cannon. As a result of severe financial mismanagement of the Icelandic Government she was sold cheaply to Sweden in 1936.
  • The second ICGV Óðinn was built on Akureyri in 1938. She was only 85 tonnes and made of oak. When the current Óðinn was commissioned she was renamed Gautur which is one of Óðinn's pseudonyms. She was decommissioned in 1964.


  1. ^ "Holed trawler 'in no danger' after collision". The Times (Issue 59693). 1 May 1976. p. 4.
  2. ^ "Cod Wars fishing vessels to exchange bells in cooperation gesture". BBC News. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2019.

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