New Vinland voyage departs July 2

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CHARLOTTETOWN — A new Vinland voyage begins this week. 

Wednesday morning, Charlottetown sailor Geoff Ralling will depart from Pier 2, Peake’s Wharf, aboard his 32-foot sailboat, Be Faithful 2, on the way north, across the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the northern tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula. 

There, he will visit the L’Anse aux Meadows historic site, location of the over-wintering base established more than a thousand years ago by Leifur Eriksson (Leif the Lucky) and his fellow Norse adventurers from Greenland and Iceland.

From L’Anse aux Meadows Ralling will sail south again, reimagining the explorations by the Vikings of the area, which they so famously called Vinland. He’ll return to Prince Edward Island in mid-August.

In the opinion of Parks Canada archaeologist Dr. Birgitta Wallace, who led the original Parks Canada excavation at L’Anse aux Meadows, “The Vinland of the sagas encompasses all the coasts around the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and L’Anse aux Meadows was the base from which it was explored, the gateway into Vinland.”

Those interested can follow Ralling’s progress through regular postings on the P.E.I. Vinland Society’s Facebook page, vinlandpei.

Organizations: Parks Canada, Vikings, P.E.I. Vinland Society

Geographic location: Vinland, Charlottetown, Newfoundland Greenland Iceland Prince Edward Island

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