Mel And Nancy trip to Maritime Provences travel blog

Mel with "Viking Voyage" and the boat used on the voyage

Mel the Viking

Mel with the Vikings

info on L'Anse

Viking Sculpture

This day began with a visit to “Norstead Village and Viking Port of Trade” across the road from “L’Anse Aux Meadows” National Historic Site, the “Land of the Vikings.

Norstead Village is a reconstructed 980-1,000AD Viking settlement or village called “Vinland”. There are several huts or structures including a blacksmiths shop, a chapel, a store room and most significant, a longhouse that includes accommodations, cooking space and separate crafts and working spaces. The structures have wood and stone walls with wooden pole roofs covered with sod. The largest structure on this site houses and shelters the Viking “Knarr” (pronounced “Kah-Narr”), a utilitarian vessel or merchant ship. This Knarr, named “Snorri”, was built in Maine and transported to Greenland and sailed to Newfoundland to retrace and celebrate the millennial anniversary of Leif Errikson’s voyage to the New World. “Snorri” is patterned after one of the five Viking ships recovered from RosKilde Fjord in Norway. The pattern ship was the Skuldelev Wreck 1, at the Viking Ship Museum in Norway. The recovery of the wrecks began in 1957 and took several years of difficult preservation efforts.

After a nice lunch at the Norseman Café we visited L’Anse Aux Meadows to see the site where the foundations of the actual Viking village were discovered in 1960-61 and were researched through archeological excavations. This is the heart of Viking activity in North America. In 1497 John Cabot “discovered” Newfoundland but the Vikings had been here 500 years earlier as had the native people before them, (First Nation People in Canada).

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