The Vikings (from Old Norse víkingr) were the Norse explorers, warriors, merchants, and pirates who raided, traded, explored and settled in wide areas of Europe, Asia and the North Atlantic islands from the late 8th to the mid-11th century.

These Norsemen used their famed longships to travel as far east as Constantinople and the Volga River in Russia, and as far west as Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland, and as far south as Nekor. This period of Viking expansion – known as the Viking Age – forms a major part of the medieval history of Scandinavia, Great Britain, Ireland and the rest of Medieval Europe.

Popular conceptions of the Vikings often differ from the complex picture that emerges from archaeology and written sources. A romanticised picture of Vikings as Germanic noble savages began to take root in the 18th century, and this developed and became widely propagated during the 19th-century Viking revival. The received views of the Vikings as violent brutes or intrepid adventurers owe much to the modern Viking myth which had taken shape by the early 20th century. Current popular representations are typically highly clichéd, presenting the Vikings as familiar caricatures.

Read more about VikingEtymology, The Viking Age, Weapons and Warfare

Other articles related to "viking, vikings":

MS Viking XPRS - Service History
... Viking XPRS made her maiden voyage between Helsinki and Tallinn on 27 April 2008 and entered regular service on the route the following day ... had sailed on the route the previous year the Viking XPRS attracted a notably larger number of passengers, with a 61% raise in passenger number and 74% raise in vehicles transported ... In February 2009 the Viking XPRS was voted as one of the top 5 medium-sized cruise ships in the world by readers of the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler guide, rating higher than the ships ...
... Duachaill in AD 841 when the establishment of a Viking longphort was recorded ... In 827 the Annals of Ulster record that the Vikings attacked the Ciannachta people of Co ... There is a legend that one such Viking was stranded after a raid and settled there ...
MS Viking XPRS
... MS Viking XPRS is a fast cruiseferry owned by the Finland-based Viking Line and operated on their service between Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia ... Viking XPRS entered service on 28 April 2008 ...
C&C Yachts - C&C Designed Sailboats (various Manufacturers)
... Harpoon 4.6 Harpoon 5.2 Harpoon 6.2 Gazelle 22 Viking 22 PaceShip 23 PaceShip Bluejacket Evelyn 24 Mirage 24 Northern 1/4 Ton Newport 27-S Newport 28 Mk I, Mk II Ontario 28 ...

Famous quotes containing the word viking:

    Rice and peas fit into that category of dishes where two ordinary foods, combined together, ignite a pleasure far beyond the capacity of either of its parts alone. Like rhubarb and strawberries, apple pie and cheese, roast pork and sage, the two tastes and textures meld together into the sort of subtle transcendental oneness that we once fantasized would be our experience when we finally found the ideal mate.
    John Thorne, U.S. cookbook writer. Simple Cooking, “Rice and Peas: A Preface with Recipes,” Viking Penguin (1987)