The Gjermundbu helmet found in Buskerud is the only known reconstructable Viking Age helmet From the 8th to the 10th century, the wider Scandinavian region was the source of Vikings. The looting of the monastery at Lindisfarne in Northeast England in by Norse people has long been regarded as the event which marked the beginning of the Viking Age. They colonised , raided, and traded in all parts of Europe. Norwegian Viking explorers first discovered Iceland by accident in the 9th century when heading for the Faroe Islands , and eventually came across Vinland , known today as Newfoundland , in Canada. Fairhair ruled with a strong hand and according to the sagas, many Norwegians left the country to live in Iceland, the Faroe Islands , Greenland , and parts of Britain and Ireland.