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“L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site”

L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site
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London, Canada
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19 reviews
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“L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

An interesting part of the heritage of this area.had no idea we had a settlement characterizing the visits and lives of the Norsemen who came here to discover this area and set up a temporary site in which to base themselves to discover further afield. They also encountered the native population while living there - and seemed to accommodate each other. The artefacts were interesting as it gave us another dimension into their lives at that time -
Visitor centre was well laid out with many interesting exhibits as well as the film to explain some of the other facets that they faced during their short time here.
I do agree it is a L-O-N-G way to go to see this - but this was on our way to St. Anthony's, as well as we saw quite a few icebergs along our way on that side of the coastline.

Visited July 2014
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Ottawa, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
181 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Wonderful place”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

WE last visited this site in 1976, long before it became a World Heritage site. We were delighted with the visitor centre and the reconstructed homes. We were equally delighted to discover the actual outlines of the original structures on our walk back to the visitors centre. It was also delightful to find that there was a way that my husband could drive my 86 year old mum, close to the actual site so she could enjoy the site with her walker. Fabulous experience

Visited July 2014
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New Orleans, Louisiana
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A Highlight of My Travels!”
Reviewed July 25, 2014

This was our "star destination," and yes, it is a long way to come (made enjoyable by the unique and breath-taking scenery), but well, well worth the visit. The guide we had was Clayton, who as others have noted, really made the tour fascinating by his insights of having grown up next door when the site was being researched. I found his own history as interesting as the Vikings'! Also fascinating was the information about the encounters between the Vikings and the First Nation people who were living there at the time, something I had never thought about before. He even gave us info about the plants, so we could see exactly where those delicious bakeapples come from. Besides the interpretive film inside, you can see the actual artifacts; seemingly so small and yet so, so significant. Amazing! The reenactors were great, especially with the children, and let them do hands-on things like weaving rope and helping the blacksmith. While one of them was weaving with a girl who was 9-years-old, she was telling her all the things she needed to learn in only three years, as she would be married when she was 12! It was great. I am a sort of history buff, so the best was standing where Leif Erickson stood, and thinking about all those lives so long ago. A highlight of all my travels!

Visited July 2014
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Toronto, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“A long way to go to get here”
Reviewed July 24, 2014

There has been an definite effort to create something to visit, with an informative visitor centre and recreation of a few Viking buildings along with occupants.

Unfortunately the 'occupants' couldn't tell me why they had a big butter churner or onions, neither of which I expected to see in a Viking settlement..

Not sure its worth the drive from Gros Morne, unless you really have an interest in such things.

Visited July 2014
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“Fantastic ”
Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

There's no other word to describe it. It may look small, but it's packed with incredible detail. Make sure to walk the 2 . 2 km trail - and realize that it's all sub-arctic tundra.

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