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Where are Vikings from?

Posted by Kurt Evald Noer on


Originally, Vikings came from Scandinavia. That is, the lands that are now Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. These countries came about because of the Vikings. Their changing borders eventually coalesced after bloody struggles between numerous Viking Sea Kings.

Because Vikings were people with outward momentum, they founded temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent bases in many lands. So, within the first few generations of the Viking Age, there were already Viking bases in Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, and into countries that are now Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. To the west, Vikings settled in Ireland, Britain, and the islands around Scotland and northwest France (called Normandy, after the Northmen).

Perhaps the quintessential Viking settlement was Iceland, founded entirely by Vikings and the people they brought with them in the late 9th century. Other Viking strongholds include the Faroe Islands, the archipelago of Scottish isles, and the Isle of Man. Vikings founded colonies in Greenland and North America, though these remote colonies would come to mysterious ends.

Vikings settled wherever opportunity led them. They intermarried with locals and hybridized cultures. Therefore, Vikings might call almost anywhere home from Canada to the Middle East! So, are you a son or daughter of Vikings? There's an excellent chance!

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