Leifur Ericson

Local nameLeifur Eiríksson
LocationReykjavík, Iceland

Leif Erikson or Leif Ericson was a Norse explorer from Iceland. He was the first known European to have set foot on continental North America, before Christopher Columbus. According to the Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, tentatively identified with the Norse L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada. Later archaeological evidence suggests that Vinland may have been the areas around the Gulf of St. Lawrence and that the L'Anse aux Meadows site was a ship repair station.

Leif was the son of Erik the Red, the founder of the first Norse settlement in Greenland and of Thjodhild, both of Norwegian origin. His place of birth is not known, but he is assumed to have been born in Iceland, which had recently been colonized by Norsemen mainly from Norway.

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Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leif_Erikson

Address 46 Skólavörðustígur, Reykjavík 101, Iceland

Coordinates 64°8'32.568" N -21°55'38.942" E

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