A blog about the history, geography, and mythology of the Nordic countries.
Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland, and their associated territories.
During the Viking Age, Viking explorers traveled over the entire north Atlantic. They reached as far south as northern Africa, as far east as Russia and Constantinople, and as far west as North America.
The motivations behind such aggressive expansion are unknown. Some theorize that the Vikings had outgrown their traditional territories, or that they were seeking revenge for forced Christianization of other Pagans, or that they were simply exploiting the weaknesses of surrounding regions.