Viking Timeline - Important Events in the History of Ancient Vikings

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This Viking timeline is a part of the About.com Guide to the Viking Age.

  • 793: Norwegians attack Lindisfarne monastery, England
  • 795: Norwegians run assaults on monasteries in Scotland and Ireland
  • 799: St. Philibert Monastery (France) sacked
  • 800: Norwegians settle Faroe Islands
  • 810: Danes under King Godfred attack Frisia
  • 814: Charlemagne dies
  • 834: Danes attack Dorestad, now in the Netherlands
  • 841: Norwegians over winter in Ireland
  • 850: Longphorts established in Ireland
  • 850: Danes spend first winter in England
  • 852: Danes spend first winter in Frankia
  • 853: Norwegian Olaf the White established as king at Dublin
  • 865: Danish Great Army arrives in East Anglia
  • 866: Norwegian Harald Finehair subjugates Scottish Isles
  • 870: Danes rule over one half of England
  • 880s: Norwegian Sigurd the Mighty moves into the Scottish mainland
  • 873: Ingolf Arnason founds Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 902: Vikings expelled from Ireland
  • 917: Vikings retake Dublin
  • 930-980: First Norse invaders in England become established as settlers
  • 954: Eirik Bloodaxe dies and Vikings lose control of York
  • 959: Danelaw established
  • 980-1050: Newly established Norwegian and Danish kings launch attacks on England
  • 985: Norse farmers led by Erik the Red settle Greenland
  • 1000: Leif Erikson finds North America
  • 1014: Vikings defeated at Clontarf by Brian Boru
  • 1016: Danish King Cnut named king of England, Denmark and Norway
  • 1035: Cnut dies
  • 1066: Norman Harald Hardrada dies at Stamford Bridge

This glossary entry is a part of the About.com Guide to the Viking Age and part of the Dictionary of Archaeology.

See the Viking Age Bibliography for sources.