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Tracing viking travellers

The medieval Norse were adventurous travellers: not only raiders but also traders, explorers, colonisers, pilgrims, and crusaders. Traces of their trips survive across the world, including ruined buildings and burials, runic graffiti, contemporary accounts written by Christian chroniclers and Arab diplomats, and later sagas recorded in Iceland. Their adventures spanned from New Foundland to Baghdad, and many other countries in between.

In this interactive map, you can follow the trail of the vikings to far-flung lands, with some possibly surprising results.

Featured image credit: “Guests from Overseas” by Nicholas Roerich, from the series “Beginnings of Rus’. The Slavs.” 1901. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

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