Land of Cod

Vikings and Icebergs

Aug 7

Viking Village::The replica of Norse settlement in North America::
Viking Village
Viking Women::Dressed people present many aspects of life in Vinland::
Viking Women
Viking::Norse used L'Anse aux Meadows settlement as the base camp for the exploration::

Archaeologists officially recognize LÂ’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.

Inside Dwelling::Living quarters inside sod building::
Inside Dwelling
Dressed as Viking::Self portrait; being a Viking for a moment::
Dressed as Viking
A Mass of Ice::Iceberg from the distance::
A Mass of Ice
Fishing Boat::Ice is everywhere::
Fishing Boat

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."

Watching Icebergs::The sound from cracking ice frightened me::
Watching Icebergs
Small Bergs::I stopped on the beach to admire icebergs::
Small Bergs
Lobster Pots at Sunset::Lobster traps stacked on the beach::
Lobster Pots at Sunset

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.

© 2011 Maciej Swulinski