SWEDEN: The Way of a Viking

A thousand years ago the Vikings of Scandinavia sailed and rowed their great open boats across the seas to Normandy, Iceland, Ireland and America with no protection but that of a huge dragon's head prow. There were no insurance companies then to tell the Vikings that their ships were poor risks, no spoilsports to cry "careful!"

When stocky, blue-eyed Sten Schroder was 24, he saw a real Viking ship in a museum in Bygdoy; from that moment Sten knew what course he must sail. Last year, when Sten was a 37-year-old lamp factory worker in Stockholm, he saw his chance....

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