interesting facts about vikings

November 12, 2009 | In: History facts

The name ‘Viking’ comes from a language called ‘Old Norse’ and means ‘a pirate raid’.

The Vikings had been living in the Scandinavian lands (Sweden, Denmark and Norway) for more than a thousand years.

Dublin was founded by Viking raiders in the ninth century.

Vikings “found” America around 500 years before Christopher Columbus set sail.

Vikings made their own soap as well as grooming tools, such as tweezers and razors.

The period from the earliest recorded raids in the 790s until the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 is commonly known as the Viking Age of Scandinavian history.

The Vikings sailed most of the North Atlantic, reaching south to North Africa and east to Russia, Constantinople and the middle east, as looters, traders, colonists, and mercenaries

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