Pre-Christian traders and sea raiders, the Vikings first enter recorded history with their attack on the Christian monastic community on Lindisfarne Island in 793.The Vikings initially employed their longships to invade and attack European coasts, harbours and river settlements on a seasonal basis.
Viking art has many design elements in common with Celtic, Germanic, the later Romanesque and Eastern European art, sharing many influences with each of these traditions.
The Vikings' regional origins lay in Scandinavia, the northern-most peninsula of continental Europe, while the term 'Viking' likely derived from their own term for coastal raiding—the activity by which many neighbouring cultures became acquainted with the inhabitants of the region.
Subsequently, Viking activities diversified to include trading voyages to the east, west and south of their Scandinavian homelands, with repeated and regular voyages following river systems east into Russia and the Black and Caspian Sea regions, and west to the coastlines of the British Isles, Iceland and Greenland.
Evidence exists for Vikings reaching Newfoundland well before the later voyages of Christopher Columbus discovered the "New World".
A great 14-night cruise to see the Scandinavian countries. Stops in the Norwegian cities Oslo, Stavanger, Geiranger, Alesund.
A beautiful and relaxing trip along Norway's coastline and famous fjords. More » A different type of Scandinavian cruise, but no less fun.More » A wonderful way to experience Iceland is this 14-hour day tour-and-cruise from Reykjavik.You'll be able to see the Skogarfoss waterfall, Skaftafell National Park, the desert of Skeidarasandur, and the Jokulsarlon Lagoon, along with the Oraefajokull glacier. This cruise is the perfect length for one week in Norway. Pick your favorite Scandinavian cruise and directly compare cruise length and prices... Many of these Scandinavia cruises are available year-round, some are limited to the summer.All cruises come with a 110% price guarantee so you can be sure they aren't cheaper elsewhere.