Viking Tattoo Meanings

The Vikings were a hardy group of people, known for conducting raids across Northern Europe. In fact, the word ‘viking’ is derived from Old Norse, and it means ‘pirate raid.’ The Vikings lived from the 8th to the 11th century, and they were mainly made up of Norsemen from Scandinavia. According to some 10th century travellers’ writings, “every [viking was] tattooed from fingernails to neck.” Below, we’ve created a Viking tattoo dictionary, spelling out the meaning behind each one of these tattoo designs. Read on, and learn all about Viking mythology!