North Kootenay Lake looking north towards "Twin Bays" (on the left) with Mount Willet in backgroundPrinted with permission of Doug Pyper Photographics Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada
|Fjord in Geiranger Norway, Author: Hesse1309,Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported|
Boats—it was all about boats. Viking life revolved around this mode of transportation on their myriad waterways (fjords). The boats are called longships. They are long and flat-bottomed; swift and graceful; crews could row or sail them. Longships could be maneuvered ashore on coastlines, lakes or riverbanks; they were meticulously made by hand with stunning accoutrement; and they traveled easily in high seas, lakes or rivers. Eventually, they traveled in fleets. These longships were so important to the Viking culture they became interment vessels; the Sutton Hoo being only one example.
|Viking Ship Museum and the Oseberg Ship, Oslo, Norway.|
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Syracuse University rowing crew about 1910 on Onondaga Lake, Post Card from Onondaga
County Public Library collection, Wikimedia Commons