Heidi Hansen

Navigate Like a Viking

The name “Vikings” conjures a romantic image: massive, oared longships astride the sea, crewed by bloodthirsty, bearded Norwegians in horned helmets, intent on rape and rapine. But in addition to being fierce warriors, it turns out that Vikings were navigational experts with great technological prowess. Their ships were fast, able to endure ocean crossings as well as maneuver in shallow water. However, scientists and historians have long been unsure of just how Vikings were able to voyage from Norway to the Americas in such northern latitudes under overcast skies.

From the Spring 2014 Branding issue of California.
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