Gone Viking

A Travel Saga

By (author): Bill Arnott
ISBN 9781771604475
Softcover | Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
336 Pages

About the Book

Bill Arnott guides readers on an epic literary odyssey following history’s most feared and misunderstood voyageurs: the Vikings!

To “go Viking” is to embark on an epic journey. For more than eight years, Bill Arnott journeyed throughout the northern hemisphere, discovering sites Scandinavian explorers raided, traded, and settled – finding Viking history in a wider swath of the planet than most anthropologists and historians ever imagined.

With a small pack and weatherproof journal, Bill explores and writes with a journalist’s eye, songwriter’s prose, poet’s perspective, and a comedian’s take on everything else. Prepare yourself for an armchair adventure like no other!

From Europe to Asia, the Mediterranean to the British Isles, through Scandinavia to Iceland, Greenland, and the New World, with further excursions around Thor Heyerdahl’s Pacific, Roald Amundsen’s Arctic, and Olaf Crowbone’s stormy North Atlantic, Bill takes readers on a mythic personal adventure in real time – a present-day Viking quest.

About the Author(s)

Bill Arnott is the bestselling non-fiction author of Wonderful Magical Words and Dromomania. Bill’s been a featured musician, spoken-word artist, moderator, performer, and host at hundreds of literary festivals and mixed-media events across Canada and internationally. His articles, reviews, and poetry are published in Canada, the US, UK, Europe, and Asia, with features in literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. Bill is a national songwriting finalist, poetry award recipient, and finalist for the 2019 Whistler Independent Book Award. When not trekking the globe with a horribly outdated camera phone or showing off his cooking skills as a culinary school dropout, Bill can be found on Canada’s west coast, making friends and generally misbehaving. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.


“An extremely well-documented travelogue with beautiful imagery.” —The Ottawa Review of Books

“This is definitely one of the best reads of the year.” – Candice James, Laureate Emerita, Silver Bow Press

“Fasten your seatbelts. Gone Viking has a glorious romp in store for you.” – P. W. Bridgman, author of A Lamb

“A fascinating travelogue! Bill Arnott’s lyrical language, informative and funny anecdotes take the reader on an unforgettable journey.” – Annette LeBox, award-winning author of Peace is an Offering

“A fantastic read!” – Michael Seidelman, author of The Garden of Syn Trilogy

“This is a writer who engages and entertains at every point along the way.” – Adrienne Drobnies, author of Salt and Ash

“A delight to read.” – Gray Lightfoot, author of A View from a Cab and the Humphrey Boggart mysteries