Navigating like Leif Eriksson
Looking for new Viking adventures? Let this wondrous calcite stone guide you to new shores and discover the world of Leif Eriksson and his contemporaries for you. Around the year 1000 AD, Eriksson was the first European to discover the land of today's American continent. The so-called 'solsteinn', the sunstone, served him as an ideal navigation aid. This crystal is the perfect tool for your journeys into the legendary Viking Age and should not be missing in any authentic re-enactment collection.
The Compass of the Vikings
Barbarian raids, enslavement and destruction' the trademarks of the Vikings are widely known to this day and are depicted and revived on medieval markets. In addition to cruelty, the Vikings also symbolise rich trade, fascinating craftsmanship and great adventures.
The young sailors from the North Sea and Baltic region set off on their dragon boats in their homeland to look for fame and wealth in the distance. On their sea voyages they orientated themselves mainly by the stars and the sun, while uncertain weather conditions made their journeys more difficult. In order to locate the sun behind clouds, fog or even at dusk, the Vikings used the sunstone.
Fascinating technology of the Vikings
The technical function of the calcite stone is extremely interesting. In order to determine the exact position of the sun, one looks through the crystal. The calcite refracts the light of the sun into two light beams, so that the stone has to be turned until both light beams are equally intense.
- Size: approx. 3 x 2 x 1 cm
- genuine leather
- long string
- with blue glass bead, as they made the Vikings
- small cards with instructions for use
Authentic Viking representation as unique specimen
Each of these amazing calcite stones is unique and has a slightly different size. On average the crystals have a size of about 3 x 2 x 1 cm. The safe storage is guaranteed by the bag from genuine leather with long fastening cord and optically rounded. The small blue glass bead with which the bag can be closed is historically documented. A small card with instructions for use is also included.
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