Erik the Red was a Norwegian-born Viking who became the first European to settle Greenland, a feat achieved in 985. Born Erik Thorvaldsson in 950, the Viking explorer earned the moniker ‘the Red’ for his red hair and beard, as well as his hot temper.
From his earliest years, Erik’s life was turbulent. His father, Thorvald, was exiled from Norway as punishment for murder, and as a result, the family fled the country when Erik was around 10 years old.
So began Erik’s long voyage, a journey which, aside from periods of peace, would continue for the remainder of his days.
Traveling first to Iceland, Erik would go on to settle Greenland as part of a great odyssey of violence, upheaval and colonization – a Viking journey which unfolds in our interactive guide below.