The Vikings: How did they get here?
How the Vikings got here
During the Viking era Scandinavian sailors were the undisputed masters of the sea. In their ground-breaking longships they were able to travel as far east as the Caspian Sea and as far west as North America – 500 years before Christopher Columbus set foot there.
However, historians believe that it wasn’t just their superior longships that allowed them to build up a raiding and trading empire that stretched over thousands of miles. Some experts think that their excellent navigational skills and tools also played an important part in allowing them to successfully cross the North Atlantic‘s unpredictable and dangerous seas.