Vikings in America

Edited by D. L. Ashliman.
In about 985 Bjarni Herjolfsson, a Norse settler in Greeland, was blown off course and sighted a continent west of Greenland, but he did not go ashore. About 15 years later Leif Eriksson (son of Erik the Red) explored the new continent. For the next ten years a number of voyages were made from Greenland to the new land, which the Norselmen called "Vinland" because of the profusion of grapes that grew there.
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The Way Station at L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland

The following photographs are all courtesy of the Canadian National Parks Service.

General View of the Site

Artifacts Discovered at L'Anse aux Meadows

Excavations and Reconstructed Buildings

Poetry about Vikings in America

Modern Vikings in America

North American Runestones

Examine the following sites, then decide for yourself: Are the North American runestones authentic artifacts from Viking explorers, or are they elaborate frauds by Scandinavian-Americans?


Revised November 30, 1998