leif gets around


Reykjavik :: Trondheim :: Seattle

Leif was of Norwegian ancestry but likely born in Iceland. He sailed from Trondheim harbor as he attempted to reach North America. Christopher Columbus has all the glory, but it appears that Leif actually made it there first (about 500 years earlier).

The statue in Reykjavik was presented by the United States Government in 1930 to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of Iceland’s Alþingi (the world’s oldest parliament). Seattle’s statue of Leif was a gift from the Leif Erikson Foundation for the 1962 World’s Fair. In 1997 the Leif Erikson Foundation gifted Trondheim with a replica statue to celebrate the 1000 year anniversary of Leif’s voyage.

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