The Vikings were from Scandinavia, the countries we now call Denmark, Norway and Sweden. They were raiders and traders from the late 8th to the late 11th centuries, wandering over a vast area of northern Europe all the way to Iceland, Greenland, Russia, and even Canada. A Viking named Leif Ericson was the first known European to set foot in North America. He landed in an area he called Vinland (we call it Canada) about 500 years before Columbus, and found timber, salmon, berries, and other supplies. In the map below you can see how far they made it in their travels.