Viking exploration of Hudson Bay will continue in 2013 when descendants of
the first Viking voyagers to reach North America 1,000 years ago sail into the
Arctic from Churchill, Manitoba.
Jóhann Straumfjord Sigurdson and David Collette, whose ancestral grandmother
was Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttir, the mother of Snorri, the first European child
born in North America, will sail from Canada to Iceland along a route that was
old before Christopher Columbus was born.
“We’ve named the expedition Fara Heim”, said Jóhann Sigurdson. “In Old Norse,
“að fara heim” means “to go home”. We are searching for Norse presence in the
Arctic between Hudson Bay and west of Greenland to investigate how far West the
Vikings explored”. The team will use non-damaging modern techniques to collect
data and do no harm to artefacts or locations found. All information and any
discoveries will be digitally recorded and shared with government agencies for
formal archaeological investigation.