When he does manage to reach Greenland, making land at Herjolfsness, site of his father's farm, he remains there for the rest of his father's life and does not return to Norway until about 1000 CE.There, he tells his overlord (the Earl, also named Eric) about the new land and is criticised for his long delay in reporting.However, it also mentions that while at Straumfjord, some of the explorers wished to go in search for Vinland west of Kjalarnes.In Grænlendinga saga ("Saga of the Greenlanders"), Bjarni Herjólfsson accidentally discovers the new land when travelling from Norway to visit his father in the second year of Eric the Red's Greenland colony (about 986 CE).In spring, Leif returns to Greenland with a shipload of timber towing a boatload of grapes.On the way home, he spots another ship aground on rocks, rescues the crew and later salvages the cargo.After the exploration party returns to base, the Greenlanders decide to return home the following spring.Thorstein, Leif's brother, marries Gudrid, widow of the captain rescued by Leif, then leads a third expedition to bring home Thorvald's body, but is driven off course and spends the whole summer wandering the Atlantic.
The 1960 discovery conclusively proved the pre-Columbian Norse colonization of North American lands and islands beyond Greenland.
A brief summary of the plots of the two sagas, given at the end of this article, shows other examples.
The sagas report that a considerable number of Vikings were in parties that visited Vinland.
) is the name for North American land explored by Norse Vikings, where Leif Erikson first landed in c.
1000, approximately five centuries prior to the voyages of Christopher Columbus and John Cabot.