Outposts

Ruins of Brattahlíð, taken 29 July 2008 by ilovegreenland, found in flickr, and available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license.

The Eastern, Middle and Western Settlements of Greenland, settled from Iceland and inhabited from ca. 985 to ca. 1405, occupied a 300-mile stretch of coast from what is now Julianehåb to Godthåb. The settlements at their height constituted a diocese of about 4000 souls, with the episcopal see at Garðar in the Eastern Settlement. Farther north was a seasonal hunting ground, Norðsetur. Eiríkur rauði (Eric the Red) is considered the principal founder of Norse Greenland.