Scandinavia- The Vikings are a Germanic people who settled in Scandinavia. These tribal warriors were also known as the Norsemen. The Vikings excelled as warriors, ship builders, and sailors. The combination of these skills allowed the Vikings to come into contact with much of the known world at the time. The Vikings sporadically raided cities throughout Europe. The Vikings competency at sea allowed them to reach far out into new territories, however they lacked political sophistication, will, and organization so their overall influence was minimized to that of raiders.