Voyages of the Vikings
Set sail with the Norsemen explorers who conquered the Atlantic
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The Vikings were a seafaring Norse people from southern Scandinavia who from the late 8th to late 11th centuries left their mark as pirates, raiders, traders, and settlers on much of Britain and the European continent. Their fearsome reputation as merciless plunderers belies the fact that the Vikings, who originated from areas now known as Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, were expert sailors and navigators, and pioneers of ocean travel. They voyaged as far as the Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Middle East. But it's for their exploration of Atlantic waters and the discovery of North America that they are especially celebrated for.
Click through the following gallery for a fascinating ocean expedition with the Vikings.
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