Leif Eirikssen Statue
The statue of Icelandic explorer, Leif Eiriksson,
was unveiled in the Scandinavian Heritage Park on October 12, 1993. The fine
detail of this bronze statue is a tribute to the skill of the sculptor,
Arlen Evenson of Boundary Lake, north of Bottineau, N.D. According to
the Vinlanda Saga of Iceland, "Leif the Lucky" was the first man of
European stock to step ashore in America in about the year 1000.
The Icelandic Heritage Society sponsored this magnificent addition to the park.
Leif Eirikssen is a fitting symbol for all North Americans whose
heritage lies in the Nordic countries beyond our shores. According to
Saga tradition, his father, Erik the Red, was Norwegian. Leif was born
in Eiriksstadir, Icleand, lived and farmed at Brattahlid, Greenland,
and served one winter under the Norwegian king in Trondheim. Leif,
Leiv, or Leifur? Erikson or Eirikssen? Different spellings reflect his
popularity with all the Scandinavian groups.