Eirik the Red’s Land: the land that never was

Opposite sides: The Danish researcher Lauge Koch to the left and the Norwegian trapper and occupier Hallvard Devold to the right

I have never really been that interested in polar history.

That is, until I started working at the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø, Norway, in 2005. The archives, library and image collections there dates back to the earliest polar explorations and polar research, and is a treasure trove.

This paper is about the Norwegian occupation of a large segment of eastern Greenland, which was named «Eirik the Red’s land».

View the Polar Research (open access) paper or just download the PDF directly here.

I also popularized the same research into these two articles in the Norwegian Historie & in Levende Historie