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Neil Oliver travels to Oslo to find out how the Vikings' skill as shipbuilders and sailors enabled them to travel so far from their homeland. He visits the famous Oseberg ship and observes the extraordinary craftsmanship of the Vikings. Out at sea on a replica of a Viking boat, Neil learns how they used the sun to navigate their way, and in Russia he finds out how the Vikings overcame rapids and ice to travel up its mighty rivers to trade in the East. He finds evidence of an ancient settlement in Iceland from where Viking explorers embarked on journeys even further West to become the first Europeans to discover North America. First broadcast on the Learning Zone on BBC2 as part of the series 'Vikings' in November 2012.
Students could use maps to find out where the Vikings came from and where they travelled and settled. Then discuss the reasons why the Vikings were able to travel so far from their homelands.
Students could use this resource as a starting point for their own research into the features of the different types of Viking ships and boats.
Could be used in conjunction with 13967, 13969 and 13970.
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