Vikings: Did the Vikings discover Greenland? Will Ubbe and Torvi go there?

In Vikings season six, Ubbe (played by Jordan Patrick Smith) and his wife Torvi (Georgia Hirst) left Kattegat behind in search of Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård). After they arrived in Iceland, they set sail again to an area called the Golden land, but fans are wondering if they will come across Greenland along the way. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about the Viking discovery of Greenland.

Did the Vikings discover Greenland?

In the 10th century, Icelandic Vikings are believed to have settled on the southwest coast of Greenland.

When they arrived, the area was uninhabited but there is debate surrounding whether the Viking were the first human beings to discover Iceland.

The Greenland Research Centre at the National Museum of Denmark found there is evidence to suggest Greenland was discovered as far back as 2500BC, by several Paleo-Eskimo groups migrating from continental North America.

However, Greenland did not become known to Europeans until the 10th century, thanks to the settlement of the Vikings.

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In the early 10th century Gunnbjörn Ulfsson, sailed from Norway to Iceland when he was blown off course by a storm and sighted some Islands off Greenland.

Years later, approximately around the 980s, Viking explorers led by Erik the Red travelled from Iceland and reached the southwest coast of Greenland, where they settled.

According to the Greenland Saga, Erik and his family had been banished from Norway after this father Thorvald Asvaldsson committed several murders.

They settled in northwest Iceland, where Erik grew up, but he was later exiled for three years after killing Eyiolf the Foul around the year 982AD.

According to the Book of Icelanders, a medieval account of Icelandic history and the Saga of Eric the Red, Erik named the island Greenland to encourage people to travel there.

After establishing a settlement in Greenland, Erik returned to Iceland to persuade people to move to Greenland.

In 985AD, Erik then returned to Greenland with a large number of Icelandic kings to colonise the area.

The Icelanders established two colonies on the southwest coast: The Eastern Settlement or Escribing, in modern-day Qaqortoq, and the Western Settlement, close to present-day Nuuk.

The Vikings traded in ivory from walrus tusks with Europe, as well as exporting rope, sheep, seals, wool and cattle hides.

At least 5,000 people had emigrated to Greenland, however, one group of immigrants in 1002AD brought with them a disease which killed many of the inhabitants, including Erik the Red.

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In 1000AD, Eric’s son, Leif Erikson left the Greenland settlement to explore regions around Vinland, which is regarded to be the coastal areas of North America by historians.

William. W Fitzhugh and Elizabeth I. Ward estimated in Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga that the combined population of Viking settlements on Greenland was between 2,000 and 10,000.

Today, the remains of the early Norse settlements along the southwest coast have disappeared.

However, archaeologists have identified the ruins of approximately 620 Viking farms in the area.

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Will Ubbe and Torvi go to Greenland?

Ubbe and Torvi are determined to find their friend Floki, who went missing in Iceland.

At the end of Vikings season six, Ubbe and Torvi were setting sail to the mysterious “golden land”, presumably land which today is present-day America.

On the way, it is possible Ubbe and Torvi could discover Greenland and settle there.

Show creator Michael Hirst blends historical fact with fiction to create epic plotlines, so there is a chance the couple could discover Greenland instead of Erik the Red, who survived the battle of Kattegat in the season six midseason finale.

Vikings season 6 is streaming on Amazon Prime now

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