You can find on this page the old map of Norway to print and to download in PDF. The ancient Norway map presents the past and evolutions of the country Norway in Northern Europe.

Ancient Norway map

Historical map of Norway

The ancient map of Norway shows evolutions of Norway. This historical map of Norway will allow you to travel in the past and in the history of Norway in Northern Europe. The Norway ancient map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

Settled since the end of the last ice age, modern-day Scandinavia or ancient Norway contains finds from the Stone age and Bronze age, such as rock carvings. The Fosna-Hensbacka culture inhabited parts of Norway about 8300 BC to 7300 BC. Petroglyphs dating from the Neolithic Age (in Norway 4000 BC to 1800 BC) show scenes of hunter-gatherers as you can see in Ancient Norway map. More permanent settlements developed during the Bronze Age (1800 BC to 400 BC) and Iron Age. The earliest runes (an inscription in North Germanic) that have been found were inscribed on an arrowhead dating from about 200 AD.

The period from 800–1066 AD is referred to in Norwegian history as the Viking age as its shown in Ancient Norway map. During this period, Norwegians, as well as Swedes and Danes, traveled abroad on longships, as raiders, explorers, settlers and traders. Viking raids affected large parts of Europe. The Norwegian Vikings mainly traveled west, to Britain and Ireland. Emigrants from Norway colonized Shetland, Orkney, the Faroe Islands and Iceland. From Iceland, Greenland was also colonized, and voyages were even made to North America, where remains of Viking dwellings have been found in Newfoundland. Several historic works, known as the kings sagas were written in Norway and Iceland in the 12th and 13th centuries, the best known of which is Snorri Sturluson Heimskringla (c. 1220). These provide our main sources for the early history of Norway.

The period of the Viking age coincides with the first consolidation of a single Norwegian kingdom. By the time of the first historical records of these events, about the 700s AD, Norway was divided into several petty kingdoms as its mentioned in Ancient Norway map. It is also assumed that Danish rulers often held sway in the Oslofjord-area. King Harald Fairhair is the king who is credited by later tradition as having unified Norway into one kingdom. According to the sagas, he ruled Norway from approximately 872 to 930. Modern historians assume that his rule was limited to the coastal ancient areas of southern Norway. Kings of Norway until King Olav IV, who died in 1387, claimed descent from Harald Fairhair. After Harald death, the unity of the kingdom was not preserved, and for the next century, the kingdom was variously ruled, wholly or in part, by descendants of King Harald or by earls under the suzerainty of Denmark.