DNA study shows Viking families traveled together

A team of experts from the University of Oslo, led by Erika Hagelberg, has recently published its research in The Royal Society Philosophical Transactions B showing that "women played a significant role in Viking migrations." Their findings were made by comparing ancient Norse and Icelandic mitochondrial DNA with mitochondrial DNA of modern Northwestern Europeans.

According to the article, the Norse DNA specimens most closely matched mitochondrial DNA of people from the Orkney and Shetland Islands, showing that Vikings traveled as families when colonizing new lands.

An abstract of the research is available to read online.