The Viking migrations from Skandinavia, starting in the late 700s AD, was a phenomenon symptomatic for the general European trend at the time - tribal migration. The unusual was that it was seaborne and not landborne like in the rest of Europe. Natural geological conditions, with primarily coastal fishing settlements, together with limited inland accessibility, had up through the centuries favoured the development of the large, elegant and sail bearing longships - the Vikingships - the cardinal symbol of the Viking Age. The motivational forces behind these Viking migrations must be sought after both in their homelands and abroad - what did they escape from, and what was luring and tempting them on the other side of the North Sea?