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L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

Discovery is a fearless pursuit. Certainly, this was the case when the Vikings, the first Europeans recorded to reach the new world, landed at L'Anse aux Meadows.

Norse Sagas had spoken of it for centuries. But whether it was merely myth or folklore had always been debated. That is, of course, until the discovery of a small cloak pin in 1968 by archaeologists Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad. This and subsequent archaeological discoveries proved Leif Erickson and crews of Norse explorers settled here in Newfoundland and Labrador (or Vinland as they called it) over a thousand years ago.

In 1978, L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site became part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites as the first and only authenticated Norse site in North America.

Today, your visit will transport you back to where Vikings once stood. Perched on the tip of the Viking Trail, it's a place where mystery mingles with the light and washes over the strange, captivating landscape.

Just two kilometres down the road from the L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site is Norstead, a recreated Viking port of trade. Here you can challenge yourself with a traditional Norse game. Learn to throw an axe, spin yarn, or take a pottery lesson. The foods, crafts, and popular summer Norstead Theatre Festival will capture your senses. You can also step aboard Snorri, a replica of the Viking ship that retraced Erickson's course from Greenland to the Meadows.

Lanse aux Meadows

A thousand years after the Vikings landing, this is a place where discoveries still happen every day. Some, as small as a continent. Others, as big as your sense of adventure.

Getting Here:

You'll find L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site at the end of The Viking Trail Route 430 on the most northerly tip of the island of Newfoundland, only 51 kilometres from the St. Anthony airport.

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Parks Canada - L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site of Canada

Starting at $2190 Per Person
An escorted vacation of Newfoundland and Labrador conducted by a local guide. Visit the coast of Labrador, the Viking Villages in L’Anse aux Meadows, Gros Morne National Park and Red Bay – all UNESCO World Heritage sites. View icebergs & whales, walk the spectacular coastlines and meet the people of the quaint fishing villages along our north and western coasts. Your local host will regale you with our vibrant history, ecology, culture, language and songs from this unique corner of the planet.
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McCarthy's Party Tours

Starting at $3300 Per Person
Visit three dramaric UNESCO sites at Gros Morne, Red Bay and L'Anse aux Meadows. Take a week to savour the spectacles and stories of southern Labrador and northern Newfoundland. Meet the locals and see the sites. Look for whales and icebergs - leader Mark Tsang captured this photo on tour - no Photoshop! Enjoy delicious local seafood and wild subarctic berries. North America’s most diverse archaeological adventure features comfortable hotels, welcoming hosts, and some walking on the wild side.
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