Brattahlíð

Brattahlíð was Erik the Red's estate in the Viking colony he established on south western Greenland at the end of the 10th century. Brattahlíð probably had the first church in the New World. A reconstruction of this chapel now stands near the original site, along with a replica of a Viking longhouse.

The ruins of Brattahlíð can be found in the town of Qassiarsuk. It is an important place in Norse history: the first Viking settlement on Greenland, meaning it was technically the first town in America founded by Europeans.

Meet Edda Lyberth at Brattahlíð and hear her exciting histories about the Vikings, like  the strong-minded woman Tjodhilde. Tjodhilde’s husband, Erik the Red was the first European to set foot in Greenland. Their son, Leif Eriksson, was the first European to make landfall in North America, some 500 years before Columbus, and brought Christianity to the Viking community in Greenland by order of the Norweigan king Olav Tryggvason. Today a statue of Leif Eriksson overlooks Qassiarsuk from a hill. Tjodhilde herself, also achieved remarkable feats: she was behind the construction of the first Christian church on the North American continent in Brattahlíð, and converted her pagan husband to Christianity.

Aside from the church archaeological excavations have revealed remnants of a fairly well preserved longhouse at the site.

Street address: 
Qassiarsuk, Greenland
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Destination Viking Association has already involved partners both in the Scandinavian 'home lands' of the Vikings in the Nordic countries as well as in a number of the lands in the west where Scandinavians settled (the Isle of Man, Orkney and Shetland, Faeroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland) and some of the Baltic Sea areas with strong Scandinavian impact during the Viking Age (Germany, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Russia). The partnership is open to new partners and new countries.