The Vikings did not always set out with war in mind. Finds of large cargo ships and wealthy trading towns give a more nuanced picture of the period. It was a time in which trading in everything from slaves to silk and iron flourished. Finds of Arabic silver coins in Scandinavia and a small Buddha figure in Sweden testify to how distant the trading connections could be.
A Viking Longboat
Amalienborg Palace a Copenaghen
Not all "viking houses" were longhouses! In Jutland (Denmark), and in eastern Europe, they were timber framed, thatched, houses, made from wattle and daub (willow branches and clay), or wood.