More than 1,000 years ago, the Vikings crossed the North Sea and landed on the British Isles. It was the attack of the monastery on Lindisfarne in 793 A.D. that received the dubious honour of initiating 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 brothers 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 colonising new land. Even though colonisation may have been the main aim, the Vikings still raided and pillaged settlements along the coasts of the British Isles for centuries.
The Viking Heritage
The Vikings colonised a lot of land and their heritage is still evident 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 further north to the “Kingdom of the Vikings" – Iceland!