A Jet Set Lifestyle: Viking World – Iceland

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Viking World is about 40 minutes outside of Reykjavik somewhat in the direction of Keflavik Airport. There on display you can find the Íslendingur, which is a replica of the Gokstad Viking ship. (While the Gokstad Viking ship is on display itself in Oslo, Norway.) The Íslendingur sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland in 2000 to commemorate Leif Ericsson’s very same voyage 1,000 years earlier. (This would also put him in “The New World” long before Columbus.) After leaving L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland the ship sailed on to New York City, and I am greatly upset I did not see it then. Afterwards in returned to Iceland where it was on display outdoors before transferring to the museum in 2008. The ship is hoisted in the air so you can walk under the ship and then head up the stairs to walk onto the ship. (You can’t do that with the Gokstad! Granted the Gokstad was built somewhere around 890 AD ).

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After previously going to the Viking Ship Museum in Norway and see the Gokstad Ship I stepped into Viking World without too much previous knowledge except a friend said I should go and immediately knew what ship this was modeled after. To be able to step onto the ship and see exactly what the ship’s size was in comparison to myself and imagine the Vikings traveling across the Atlantic on it 1,000 years ago without modern technology is wonder to me.

At the time of writing (May 2016) at the museum you will also find Vikings — The North Atlantic Saga from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. also on display at Viking World.

If you get hungry they have a cafe there with soups and sandwiches. There is also a gift shop and props so you can dress like a viking a take some cool photos!

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Thank you to Wikipedia for some added information to this article.

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