Welcome to L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

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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 over 1,000 years ago.

Discover Vikings

Norse sagas had spoken of their discovery for centuries. But whether it was merely myth had always been debated. Until the discovery of a small cloak pin in 1968, by archaeologists Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad, changed everything. 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).

L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the only authenticated Norse site in North America. Today, your visit will transport you back to where Vikings once stood. At the Viking Encampment, you can try blacksmithing or weaving, and talk to characters who will bring the Viking history to life. In the evenings, gather around the skáli (kitchen) and hear heroic and tragic tales of Thor, Loki, Erik the Red, and more from the Sagas.

Explore Norstead

Just two kilometres down the road from L'Anse aux Meadows 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. You can also step aboard Snorri, a replica of the Viking ship that retraced Erickson's course from Greenland to the Meadows.

Getting to L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

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, 72 kilometres from St. Anthony airport, 313 kilometres north of Gros Morne National Park, and 435 kilometres from Route 1 at Deer Lake.

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Newfoundlanders and Labradorians get to rediscover home this year, and we welcomed our Maritime neighbours on July 3. Call or connect with operators / venues before you go, as details on the website may be modified by COVID-19. Future travellers from elsewhere, please keep dreaming and check back for travel updates.