Viking Trade

The Vikings were the international tradesmen of their time. In Constantinople (Istanbul) they traded silk and spices for slaves that they had brought from Russia. Amber they found in the Baltic area. From the north and Greenland in the west, they brought furs, skins and walrus tusk ivory to the trading towns in western Europe.

The Vikings founded trading cities in Scandinavia such as Birka, Ribe, Hedeby and Skiringsal. In Ireland they founded Dublin and in England they made York flourish to become the most important trading town outside of London.

At a time when old trade routes between east and west through the Mediterranean were closed or unsafe, the Vikings kept the trade route between Byzantium and the west open by way of Kiev and Russia.

Viking graves often contain Arab silver, Byzantine silks, Frankish weapons, Rhenish glass, and other products of an extensive trade. Silver coins from the caliphate and Anglo-Saxon coins from England flowed into the Viking lands and further stimulated economic growth.

More about trade

Complete listing

Jorvik as a trading centre
Jorvik’s (York’s) possible Trade Routes beyond the British Isles
Jorvik’s trade routes in the British isles
Jorvik’s trade routes in the British isles
Othere’s Voyage to the White Sea
The Vikings and money
The Vikings and Money in England
Trade routes abroad
Trade routes in the British Isles
Viking trade
Vikings in Norway make their own Coins Written by Thor-Egil Paulsen, Rælingen, Norway, March 1995, based on Kolbjørn Skaares booklet “Moneta Norwei” (Oslo 1968)
What was made in Viking Age  Jorvik (York) ?

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