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Viking ships

Neil Oliver travels to Oslo to find out how the Vikings’ skills as shipbuilders and sailors enabled them to travel so far from their homeland. Here, a close look at the famous Oseburg Ship reveals the extraordinary craftsmanship of the Vikings. Out at sea, on a replica of a Viking boat, he learns how they used the sun to navigate their way across the open sea, and in Russia he discovers 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.

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