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A faering is an open boat with two pairs of oars, commonly found in most boat-building traditions in western and northern Scandinavia.

The word faering comes from the Norwegian word færing (Old Norse feræringr), literally meaning "four-oaring".

Faerings are clinker-built, with planks overlapped and riveted together to form the hull. This type of boat has a history dating back to Viking-era Scandinavia. The small boats found with the 9th century Gokstad ship resemble those still used in Western and Northern Norway, and testify to a long tradition of boat building. Faerings may carry a small sail, traditionally a square sail, in addition to oars. The only significant difference being a conversion from a side-mounted rudder to stern-mounted. They are used as small fishing vessels in areas of modern Norway, and occasionally raced.