More than 1,000 years ago, the Vikings crossed the North Sea and landed on the British Isles. The attack of the monastery on Lindisfarne in 793 A.D. initiated the so-called Viking Age.
The Fared and Fabled Norsemen
Although the Vikings are often thought of as barbaric raiders, they were also accomplished explorers and settlers. According to Viking tradition, only the eldest son in the family was entitled to inherit his father’s land, so any younger sons had to find their own land to farm. On the west coast of Norway, where the Vikings originally lived, the population was becoming too dense, so expeditions were sent out with the aim of colonizing new lands. Even though colonization may have been the original plan, the Vikings raided and pillaged settlements along the coast of the British Isles for centuries.
The Viking Heritage
The Vikings did colonize a lot of land and their heritage is still visible today. We have handpicked some of the most interesting sites to visit as we journey through the history of the Vikings. We will follow the Vikings’ route, from Bergen in Norway to the beautiful Shetland and Orkney Islands, both of which are rich in Viking history. We then sail on to Tórshavn, Eiði, and Mykines in the Faroe Islands before continuing farther north to the ‘kingdom’ of the Vikings – Iceland!