L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site, L'Anse aux Meadows

Learn about pre-Columbian European cultures in the Americas at L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site, a World Heritage Site. Thought to date back to the year 1000 CE, the ruins of the Norse or Viking settlement have been widely accepted as proof of European cultures crossing the Atlantic and contacting indigenous peoples before the times of Columbus. Reconstructions in some of the village's buildings, such as the grass-covered sod longhouse, give a sense of daily life in the settlement. Make L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site a centerpiece of your L'Anse aux Meadows vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our L'Anse aux Meadows trip itinerary maker tool .
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  • Our visit to the authenticated Viking site brought history to life. The Visitor Centre was educational and the tour guide who walked with us along the boardwalk was excellent. The reconstructed sod bu...  more »
  • From childhood I read that the Vikings "discovered" America long before Columbus. L'Anse Aux Meadows proves it. Very interesting reconstruction of the old Viking settlement. The artists dressed like V...  more »
  • We were here in September on a beautiful warm day. The location is beautiful. As others have said, you start at the Visitors' Center. Watching the film is a good way to orient yourself before going ou...  more »
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  • This is where the Vikings stopped to hunt, work on their boat, and explore. A archaeological site with a wonderful museum and a lot of walking. Very much a ALL day kind of visit. With lots of history and cool exhibits, inside and outside. I can see family members of all ages enjoying it.
  • It's not easy to see from the Viking remains how this settlement looked, but the recreations help. The guides could have been more historically knowledgeable, but their local knowledge was superb and very interesting. We took a guided tour and our guide was born and raised a stones throw from the settlement. He played there as a child, had great stories of growing up, and was a witness to the archeology. Not to be missed
  • Did a tour. The guides are so knowledgeable. What a great place
  • Everyone should go here. A part of our heritage. Tour guide was fabulous
  • We heavily debated whether we should spent most of our day driving the 4+ hours each way from Rocky Harbour, but we are so glad we did! We really enjoyed the scenic (and windy!) roads to get to the site. The guides were super informative and helpful and we got a beautiful sunny day to hike around the site. I'd recommend staying the night at a nearby site so you can spend more time exploring the beautiful area....we were strapped for time so we had to pick the essentials. We wish we had more time!

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