Fact..The Vikings reached America five hundred years before Christopher Columbus. Fact..The average life expectancy of a Viking was around 50 years. Being born was the most dangerous part. So what was it like? Did they go to school? How did they keep warm? Did they go on vacation? Find out these facts and much more in First Facts About the Vikings. Provides facts about those hardy Scandinavians who flourished from 800 to 1100.