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Westward Viking Festival
July 21, 2013 @ 8:00 am - July 31, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
Join us for the 2nd annual Westward Viking Festival: a Real Taste of Vinland in enchanting L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland and Labrador. Held each year for the ten days of July 21- 31st, we invite you to join in the celebrations and experience the cultural and natural wonders of the Northern Peninsula:
Walk back in time along the Birchy Nuddick trail at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic site and experience a living Viking encampment at three reconstructed sod huts. Forge iron nails with Ragnar the blacksmith or learn single- needle knitting from the Chief’s wife, Thora.
At Norstead, join costumed interpreters in the dim light of the Viking-style Chieftain’s Hall. Step aboard the full-scale replica Viking ship “Snorri”. Enjoy a campfire complete with stories, mussel boil and musical entertainment.
Introduce yourself to a pair of loyal and affable Newfoundland dogs.
Tour the bogs of St. Lunaire-Griquet, soon to be resplendent with berries, and taste some of The Dark Tickle Company’s delicious products.
Dance the night away to traditional Irish/Newfoundland music and become an honorary Newfoundlander at one of the island’s famous activities for come-from-aways – a Screech-in – at Skipper Hot’s Lounge in Straitsview.
Experience the old-fashioned Newfoundland tradition of mummering at Northern Delight Restaurant in St. Anthony, and taste their wonderful cloudberry (bakeapple) desserts.
Enjoy tapas and martinis made with local berries and iceberg ice (the purest ice on the planet!) at the Norseman Restaurant.
Let our Viking interpreters take you back to far away and long ago as they regale you with tales from the Viking Sagas at the Daily Catch and L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site.
Set sail from Vinland with Northland Discovery Boat Tours with Viking on Board, and take in the salt air and sea creatures around you as you experience live music and stories of discovery and adventure.
Come celebrate at the Parks Canada-hosted weekend of events on July 27-28, featuring the launch of a book by Anne Stine Ingstad, a lecture from a Viking historian from Trondheim, Norway, A Taste of Vinland gala showcase, and a Leif Eriksson statue unveiling, as described below…
A truly regional showcase, everyone is invited to join us in celebrating the arrival of the Norse at Vinland during the exciting and activity-packed Westward Viking Festival!