"Re enactment...a Viking Trading Village (800-1000)" L'Anse aux Meadows by lambitheviking

L'Anse aux Meadows Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 49 photos

The Land

After the Vikings left L'anse aux Meadows area ,along came the basque whaler and french fishermen of St. Malo, France. The Beothuck Indian lived on this main land and the visiting Eskimo from Labrador lived on the islands.
This wild wheat growing was not planted, the french had out door ovens to make much favoured breads, next door was the 'spruce beer' tents. Some of the wheat attached its self to the soil and the beer prevented scurvey. In the background are some of the building, at the 'R' is part of the Chieftains Hall, the the Church, the forge with the potters tent. Liefs boudior is 2 kl away.

the Ocean

My view from the boathouse at Norstead Viking Trading Village in July of 2007. Not only did the Vikings come from Greenland,Iceland but so did the ice bergs. Every day a grand display.I was born 8kl from here and visited the kids of L'anse aux meadows, we would play cowboys and indians, hiding behind the ancient mounds. Sometimes I travelled via motorboat;other times via dog team with sled and have walked on this ocean, in March, ...when I was a boy. Now cruise ships anchor here too.

The air is pure oxygen and fills the lungs and you could run for ever...otherwise you freeze..lol This is where North America began.

Norsteads very own knarr...Snorri

The Snorri is a replica knar
Built by Robert Stevens, Hermit Island Maine
7 months to fashion from oak,pine,tamarack, locust, iron rivets and willow trunnels.
12 tons plus 12-13 tons ballast; 54ft X16ft x dept 6ft; sail 35ft high;1000 sq ft; wool; today canvas; 8 oars and wind is the power source.
Shipped to Greenland via container...
W. Hodding Carter and a crew of8 (?) originally 12, sail from greenland to L'anse aux Meadows, NL in the summer arriving inSept 28, 1998

Presently it is in the large boat house at Norstead..it furthered voyaged around parts of Newfoundland in 1999 and 2000, guided the main flotella of ships to Norstead and is waiting for a wealthy person to take her to sea...smiles. I spend 4 months with the ship every summer.

Me I'm a skald...adrunken foolish old man who is very wise....lol...some people dont find me funny when I do 'flythings'.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:an experience that will last a lifetime , a hands-on historical adventure
  • Cons:Visitors do not plan enought time and ask enought questions
  • In a nutshell:This is where North America began, before the Vikings were the Natives.
  • Last visit to L'Anse aux Meadows: Mar 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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