Traveller reveals what it's like to visit the only Viking settlement site in North America

Traveller reveals what it's like to visit the only Viking settlement site in North America

Paintings have been created of Leif Erikson

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A traveller has revealed what it is like to visit the only authenticated Viking settlement site in North America.

Allan Lynch explained that he had stopped his car as a moose got in his way whilst travelling through Newfoundland, BBC World reported.

He said he was on a road known as the Viking Trail that leads to the only confirmed North American Norse settlement site, called L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site.

Lynch then said he travelled to the site where his "nostrils filled with the crisp, briny sea air carried in by a breeze that rippled across the grassy landscape."

He says the site is the home of where a “significant moment” in human migration took place.

In the year 1000 it is thought that a Viking longboat led by Leif Erikson arrived on the shores of the country with 90 men and women from Iceland.

The settlement they created was the first European settlement in the New World and it was perfect land for the people as there was game in the forests, rivers were filled with salmon and there was plenty of grass for their livestock.

As wild grapes grew in the area, the Vikings named it Vinland. However they did not stay in the area for long as they clashed with the native tribes, which the Vikings called Skraelings.

It took more than 100 years for archeologists to find the land the Vikings had lived on and it was finally discovered by Norwegian archaeologists Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad.

The married couple had heard from local residents who thought the area was an old Indian camp, but excavations confirmed it was in fact a Viking settlement.

Lynch explained that the only signs on the ground left now of the site are the outlines of three large lodges and five workshops.

But Parks Canada has recreated Viking buildings and tour guides and actors show the public what life would have been like as a Viking.