Sailing directions from western Norway to Greenland
- From the west country sail west but keep far enough north of the Shetlands so that these islands are barely visible in clear weather.
- One should stay far enough south of the Faeroes so that their steep and high mountains are just halfway up over the horizon.
- In addition one should stay far enough south of Iceland so that you can’t see land but just the coast-bound birds.
- When you reached the east coast of Greenland you should keep a lookout for landmarks and follow the current west around Cape Farvel to the villages on the south-west point.
This description can be found in Landnáma, the chronicles of Icelandic settlements, Hauksbók, 2nd chapter. A different version can be found in Landnáma Sturlubók, 2nd chapter.