Blonde Scandinavians or well-travelled Southern Europeans? Research busts myths of Vikings

(University of Copenhagen The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences) Our notion of the Scandinavian Viking very likely stems from films rather than history. In reality, their genome contains lots of genes from Southern and Eastern Europe, which also implies that they had dark rather than blonde hair. And within the Scandinavian borders, the Vikings did not really mix genetically; instead, they travelled abroad on plundering raids. This is revealed by new research from the University of Copenhagen.