Viking Expansion Northwards: Mediaeval Sources

  title={Viking Expansion Northwards: Mediaeval Sources},
  author={T. Hofstra and Kees Samplonius},
  • T. Hofstra, Kees Samplonius
  • Published 1995
  • Geology
  • Arctic
  • Evidence for Scandinavian activities in the northwestern part of the Barents Sea is scanty; according to the Annals, Svalbard (i) was discovered in 1194, but the entry refers to Jan Mayen rather than present-day Svalbard/Spitsbergen. By contrast, the southern fringe of the Barents Sea was more than once crossed by Vikings on their way to Bjarmaland (Russia) in the White Sea area. As early as the end of the ninth century, an Old English source tells of a Norse expedition to that area and Old… CONTINUE READING
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