Revolutionary new research is about to change the Viking world. Travel the globe with NOVA for a riveting 2-hour special that proves the Vikings were much more accomplished then their vicious stereotype suggests. Recently unearthed facts reveal that the Vikings were canny merchants, expert shipbuilders, superb artisans, and bold colonizers of far-off lands. Watch as modern shipbuilders recreate their marvels of nautical engineering. Search for clues that prove Vikings landed in North America 500 years before Columbus. Rebuild ancient village, retrace a Viking trading expedition through Russia, and see spectacular Scandinavian artifacts.