List of Famous Vikings

The Most Powerful and Influential Vikings in History

“Better to fight and fall
than to live without hope.”
—Völsunga Saga (13th Century)

Ragnar Lothbrok

Country of Origin: Sweden Most Notable Event: Sack of Paris

Ragnar Lothbrok (c. 9th Century)

Danish and Swedish King. What separates the legend of Ragnar Lothbrok from other Viking myths and legends—and which leads some historians to insist that he was an actual historical figure—is that a handful of known historical figures claimed that Ragnar Lothbrok was their father. Known as the “Sons of Ragnar,” these Vikings included Ivar the Boneless, Bjorn Ironside, and Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye, all fierce Viking warriors who left their own mark on the world.

List of Famous Vikings:

Norse Explorers, Raiders, Merchants, Pirates, and Seafaring People from Scandinavia

  1. Ragnar Lothbrok (circa 9th century): According to legend, Ragnar Lothbrok (or Regner; also Ragnar Lodbrok or Lodbrog) was the most famous Viking of his age. And he remains one of the greatest heroes of Viking history. To learn more about Ragnar Lothbrok, check out Classic Influence Podcast CIP 023: Construct Your Own Heroic Life History: Ragnar Lothbrok, The Everlasting Legend of the Viking Leader
  2. Lagertha the Shieldmaiden (c. 9th century): Believed to be a Viking shield-maiden, a ruler in Norway, and the first wife of the famous Viking Ragnar Lothbrok.
  3. Björn Ironside (c. 9th century): Believed to be the first ruler of the Swedish Munso dynasty. Björn Ironside was one of the six sons of Ragnar Lothbrok.
  4. Ivar the Boneless (c. 800-873): A legendary Viking leader who, also known as Ivar Ragnarsson, is believed to be one of the six sons of Ragnar Lothbrok. Ivar the Boneless is known for his invasions of England and Ireland. Historians believe he was named Ivar the Boneless because he had brittle bone disease.
  5. Halfdan Ragnarsson (Died in 877): Believed to be one of the six sons of Ragnar Lothbrok.
  6. Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye (circa mid-to-late 9th century): Viking warrior and Danish king, believed to be one of the six sons of Ragnar Lothbrok.
  7. Ubba Ragnarsson (c. 9th century): Famous Viking warrior and one of the commanders of the Great Heathen Army. Ubba is also believed to be one of the sons of the famous Ragnar Lothbrok
  8. Hasting (c. 9th century): Also known as Hastein, Hæsten, and even Alsting, Hasting was a famous Viking leader who is known for leading, with Björn Ironside and 62 Viking longships, one of the longest, most spectacular Viking expeditions in history. Hasting also claimed to be one of the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok, but some historians question his claim. In their four-year long odyssey, these two seafaring, glory-driven, profit-seeking Viking leaders sailed through the Straits of Gibraltar and into the Mediterranean, leading raids and capturing cities along the North African coast, and into Spain, Italy, and possibly farther still. Hasting is also famous for faking his death in order to penetrate the impenetrable fortifications of what he and Björn Ironside believed to be the great ancient city of Rome, but turned out to be Luna (Luni, Italy)—which so angered the ruthless, glory-seeking Viking chieftain that he slaughtered every man in the city for his own error. Some historians say it was Björn Ironside who faked his death and was permitted a Christian burial within the walls of the city. Whichever Viking leader it was, it was a ploy to get inside and sack the city, which worked horrendously well.
  9. Rollo of Normandy (c.835/870-928/933): First ruler of Normandy, a region of Northern France. He was a great Viking warrior who famously secured a permanent foothold on Frankish soil.
  10. Harald Fairhair (c. 850-932): First King of Norway (872-930)
  11. Egil Skallagrímsson (c. 904-995): was a Viking Age war poet, sorcerer, berserker, and farmer
  12. Erik the Red (c. 950-1003) a Norse explorer who is believed to have founded the first settlement in Greenland, according the Icelandic sagas.
  13. Eric Bloodaxe (c. 954) 10th-century Norwegian ruler
  14. Olaf Tryggvason (c. 960s-1000): King of Norway (995-1000), great-grandson of Harald Fairhair
  15. Sweyn Forkbeard (963-1014): King of Denmark (986-1014), Sweyn Forkbeard was the father of Harald II of Denmark, Cnut the Great, and Queen Estrid Svendsdatter, a Danish princess, a Russian princess and a duchess of Normandy by marriage.
  16. Leif Erikson (c. 970-1020): Famous Norse explorer, believed to be the first European to discover North America, predating Columbus by nearly 500 years.
  17. Freydís Eiríksdóttir (Born c. 970) daughter of Erik the Red, Freydís is believed to have accompanied her brother Leif Erikson in the earliest European explorations of North America, becoming one of the first colonists in Vinland. Freydís Eiríksdóttir is mentioned in both of the Vinland sagas, the Saga of the Greenlanders and the Saga of Erik the Red. Freydís was a bold and strong-willed woman known for defying the odds.
  18. Thorkell the Tall (c. late 900s): Believed to be one of the first mentors of Cunt the Great.
  19. Gunnar Hámundarson (c. 10th century): Described as a god-like warrior who was invincible in battle, Gunnar Hámundarson features prominently in the thirteenth-century Icelandic saga known as Njáls Saga
  20. Cnut the Great (Died c. 1035): One of the great Vikings in history, Cnut was King of England (1016-1035), King of Denmark (1018-1035), and King of Norway (1028-1035), together these three kingdoms were known as the North Sea Empire.
  21. Harald Hardrada (1015-1066): Harald Hardrada (“Hard Ruler”) Sigurdsson, also known as Harald of Norway was the King of Norway from 1046 until 1066, when he was defeated at the Battle of Stamford Bridge by Harold Godwinson—Godwinson was defeated and killed just a few weeks later by William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings, bringing an end to the Viking Age.