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Vikings and Icebergs Aug 7, 2011
Viking Village Viking Women
Viking  

Archaeologists officially recognize L’Anse aux Meadows as the Norse settlement dating from about 1000 AD. Canadian National Park built here a replica of the village with employees dressed in costumes from that era and imitating the Vikings. Still, I liked this place. Excavations of L'Anse aux Meadows are a proof that Columbus was not the first European who discovered America.

A quote from one of the information board in L'Anse aux Meadows helps to understand the importance of this place, "One hundred thousand years ago some of our ancestors left the cradle of humanity in Africa and slowly migrated east and west. When the Norse met Aboriginal North Americans in Vinland one thousand years ago, it represented the completion of human migration on Earth. Humankind had encircled the globe."

Inside Dwelling Dressed as Viking
A Mass of Ice Fishing Boat
Watching Icebergs  

After visiting the Norse village, I traveled along the coast. I managed to see many icebergs of different shapes and sizes. Someone even told me that not far at sea was an iceberg in size of Manhattan Island, but I had no luck to see it.

Small Bergs Lobster Pots at Sunset