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The British Isles
31.01.2020
The British Isles
The Vikings didn’t just explore and settle new territories. They also settled in the lands in Europe that they conquered through warfare. In such cases, it was sometimes just the warriors themselves who settled down, began working the land, and took wives from among the...
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North America
31.01.2020
North America
The first Vikings to see North America were (again, according to the sagas) a man named Bjarni Herjolfsson and his crew, who were blown off course while attempting to reach Greenland. They never stepped ashore, though, and turned back to Greenland when the weather improved. Shortly...
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Greenland
31.01.2020
Greenland
According to the medieval Icelandic sagas, the founder of the Viking colony in Greenland was Erik the Red, so named because of his fiery red hair and beard. Erik was a Norwegian by birth, but was outlawed in his native land “because of some killings,” as the...
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Iceland
31.01.2020
Iceland
As with the Faroes, legend has it that a few Irish monks already lived in Iceland prior to the Vikings’ arrival. This is certainly plausible, especially since it seems that the Norse already knew of Iceland’s existence prior to their first trip there. In any case, if...
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The Faroe Islands
31.01.2020
The Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands were the first largely uninhabited lands in the North Atlantic Ocean that the Vikings reached in the main, westward part of their expansion. The Faroes, which jut out abruptly from the ocean, are located about halfway between northern Scotland and eastern Iceland....
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The vikings as explorers and settlers
31.01.2020
The vikings as explorers and settlers
As impressive as the Vikings’ accomplishments as raiders and warriors were, their accomplishments as explorers and settlers were equally magnificent. The Vikings ventured far from their homelands in Scandinavia and became the first Europeans to discover...
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The Vikings in Eastern Europe and Asia
29.01.2020
The Vikings in Eastern Europe and Asia
The Vikings had longstanding and lucrative trade relations with the peoples who inhabited the lands to the east of Scandinavia. But, as one might expect, the Vikings’ relations with them weren’t entirely peaceful, and included activities of a more military...
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The Vikings in Western Continental Europe
29.01.2020
The Vikings in Western Continental Europe
Over the course of the Viking Age, virtually all of Europe’s western seaboard, and countless towns along the major rivers that led into the Continent, were plundered by the Vikings. Viking raids on the Frankish Empire began in earnest in 820, and by 834, attacks became a...
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The Vikings in the British Isles
29.01.2020
The Vikings in the British Isles
Now let’s look at the Vikings’ grand accomplishments in war in more detail. We’ll start with the region that was impacted more than any other by their military activities: the British Isles. Viking raids on England began in the late eighth century, and by 792,...
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Vikings in Ireland
15.06.2019
Vikings in Ireland
At the end of 8th century Scandinavian cities became too populated and this led to the new wave of Europe expantion. The Vikings started to sail to the British Isles and attacked England in 793 AD. In two years Vikings came to Ireland. Around 795AD they arrived to Raithlin Island,...
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