Khristaver Myran, a Lofoten fisherman, owner of the Seal. He goes into debt to buy his boat but brings her through a difficult fishing season with success. His career makes him feel a veritable son of the Vikings of old.
Lars, Khristàver’s son. He dreams of being a Viking. On his first trip to the fishing grounds, he proves himself a man at work and play.
Elezeus Hylla, a crew member of the Seal, brother-in-law to Khristàver. He dies of exposure on the fishing expedition.
Kaneles Gomon, a boyish member of the crew. He is vain of his yellow mustache. When the vessel overturns, he is the only man lost.
Arnt Awson, a landlubber who makes his first trip to sea as a fisherman on the Seal.
Henry Rabben, a crewman who is vain of his beard.
Peter Suzansa, owner and captain of the Sea-fire.
Andreas Ekra, owner and captain of the Storm-bird
Jacob Damnit-all-with-a-limp, owner and captain of the Sea-bird. He rescues the crew of the Seal when their vessel overturns.
The Inspector, a government official who enforces the fishing regulations at the fishing grounds.