Viking refers to a member of the Norse (Scaninavian) peoples, famous as explorers, warriors, merchants, and pirates, who raided and colonized wide areas of Europe from the late 8th to the early 11th century. These Norsemen used their famed longships to travel as far east as Constantinople and the Volga River in Russia, and as far west as Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland. This period of Viking expansion is known as the Viking Age, and forms a major part of Scandinavian history, with a minor, yet significant part in European history.

Trivia about vikings

  • Wooden stave churches of Norway were built by these seafarers using shipbuilding techniques
  • Centuries before Columbus, these people encountered Native Americans & called them skraelings
  • Some still believe a stone found in Kensington, Minn. proves these seafarers once visited there
  • In 1014 Brian Boru defeated these seafaring Scandinavians & ended their domination of Ireland
  • The name of these raiders comes from a Scandinavian word meaning "piracy"
  • Sports, 911:Charles III of France cedes a big area to Rollo & these warriors, later an NFL franchise
  • The hair on the mustachioed fellow of this team's logo is definitely blond
  • (Sarah of the Clue Crew delivers the clue from Denmark.) I'm in Denmark at a museum named for these Norse seafarers; this is the world's largest reconstruction of one of their ships
  • Because many rulers of these Nordic people were buried in their ships, some vessels have survived
  • About 1000 A.D., they discovered North America & called parts of it Helluland, Markland, and Vinland
  • Excavations in Newfoundland show evidence of a visit by these people around 1000 A.D.
  • "York" is from Yorvick, the name used by these Scandinavians who conquered the city around 867 A.D.
  • Some of these plunderers, whose name may be from "fjord dweller", became "Normans" after conquering part of France
  • In the '60s & '70s, this football team's defensive line members were known as the Purple People Eaters
  • ...These Scandinavian sea rovers who ravaged the coasts of Europe for about 300 years
  • The early Normans were among these plunderers whose name came from a word for "creek"
  • Around 1000, these people who ate frozen cod in chunks like beef jerky, may have visited Cape Cod
  • In 911 Charles III of France ceded a big area to Rollo & these warriors, later to be the name of an NFL franchise
  • The major evidence that these people visited North America has been found at L'Anse aux Meadows