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These 14 Places Prove That Vikings Didn’t Mess Around

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These 14 Places Prove That Vikings Didn’t Mess Around

These pillaging, conquering, trading, America-finding badasses are all over the Scandinavian landscape.

For violent, pillaging conquerors, the Vikings are pretty well-beloved in Scandinavia. The things they left behind—from oceangoing warships-turned-burial ships (yeah, you get buried on a ship when you’re a Viking) to enormous hoards of coins and jewelry—are just a tiny fraction of Viking badassery. Because, while brutality was a part of their lifestyle, the Vikings were also farmers and traders. Their drive to explore was so intrepid they accidentally discovered the Americas. Accidentally, with no compass, no maps, in a wooden boat with no motor. From Norway’s Viking Ship Museum to Denmark’s Kongernes Jelling to Sweden’s Fotevikens Open Air Museum, these 14 places will put you up close to the legendary men and women of the Viking Era.

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