A blog about the history, geography, and mythology of the Nordic countries.
Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland, and their associated territories.
Despite popular belief, not all Scandiavians were Vikings.
In Old Norse the term “viking” was a noun that referred to overseas expeditions. The phrase “fara i viking” means “to go on an expedition”, and in later texts implies piracy or raids. Therefore, a Viking (Norse vikingr) was someone who participated in these expeditions; an explorer, warrior, or pirate.
Finns were never Vikings, and in fact had little contact with Scandinavia during the Viking Age.