Who hasn’t heard of the famous Viking, Erik the Red, right? So you can imagine it was a special moment when, during a visit to Iceland in 2011, I got to visit the site of his actual home, in the north-west part of the country.
In truth, all that’s left of Erik’s farm, Eiríksstaðir in Haukadal, is a an outline of his house in the turf of the hillside.
The outline of Erik the Red’s house is still visible in the turf on a hillside above Haukadal, north-west Iceland
But close by is an impressive reconstruction of the infamous Viking’s home, made from earth sods.
The reconstruction of Erik the Red’s House, made from earth sods
On the hillside above the remains of Erik the Red’s house (on the left side of the photo) and its reconstruction (in the distance). Incidentally, this photo was taken from the location of my most northerly geocache find to date.
Erik’s son, Leif, who ‘discovered’ North America half a century before Columbus
This post was inspired by the theme Earth/Harvest from Cee of Cee’s Photography) and Red (from Sue of A Word in Your Ear)
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