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Mystery Explored: The Vikings: Voyage to America
Expedition Dates: June 3 - 23, 2005

Summary:

Was Columbus the first to cross the Atlantic to discover America?  According to the Viking sagas, Eric the Red’s son Leif Erikson was the first European on the continent.  Using the sagas as my guide, I made a grueling 4,000 mile journey from Scandinavia to Iceland to Greenland and then to Newfoundland, on the edge of the New World, learning about the sea-faring, land-hungry Vikings and exploring the archaeological record.


Sponsoring Institution: The History Channel

Experts involved:
Anton Englert, Archaeologist, Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde
Captain Gunnar Marel Eggertsson, Viking Ship Captain, Icelander Corp.
Caroline Paulsen, National Museum of Greenland
Dale Wells, Curator, L’Anse Aux Meadows
Dr. Gisli Sigurdsson, The Arni Magnusson Institute, University of Iceland

Locations Visited:
Roskilde, Denmark
Eiriksstadir, Iceland
Nuuk, Greenland
Narsarsuaq, Greenland
Qaqortoq, Greenland
L’Anse Aux Meadows, Canada

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