The lecturer on Iceland: Past and Present talked briefly about whether Icelanders were descended from Vikings.
His position? It sorta depends on how you define “Viking”:
- As dreaded warriors? Rapists and plunderers? Kidnappers? Then, no, not at all. Those guys did not colonize Iceland.
- As any and all seafaring peoples from present-day Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, including peaceable farmers? Then, yes, for sure.
All right then, on to our next stop: the National Museum of Iceland.
And what’s this? Two analyses (DNA analysis of the human remains in ancient graves, and mitochondrial analysis of present-day Icelanders) show that about 80% of the original male colonists were from the Scandinavian countries.
And about 60% of the original female colonists were from the British Isles. Taken to Iceland, no doubt, by peaceable farmers.