The two groups that came to Scandinavia were originally genetically quite different, and displayed distinct physical appearances. The people from the south had blue eyes and relatively dark skin. The people from the northeast, on the other hand, had a variation of eye colours and pale skin.
The first-known Scandinavian was the Koelbjerg Man, dated to around 8,000 BC.
Scandinavians Are Descended From Stone Age Immigrants, Ancient DNA Reveals. Summary: Today’s Scandinavians are not descended from the people who came to Scandinavia at the conclusion of the last ice age but, apparently, from a population that arrived later, concurrently with the introduction of agriculture.
But researchers have long wondered who these settlers were, and where they had come from. Many of the tools they left behind suggested that the first Scandinavians came from the southwest, and migrated northward along Norway’s long and winding coast.
Stereotypical Scandinavian traits and facial features have since the early 20th century included straight, blonde hair; blue eyes; tall figure; a straight nose; thin lips; and non-prominent cheekbones, according to Werner & Björks 2014 book Blond and blue-eyed.
What did the Vikings look like?
The faces of men and women in the Viking Age were more alike than they are today. The women’s faces were more masculine than women’s today, with prominent brow ridges. On the other hand, the Viking man’s appearance was more feminine than that of men today, with a less prominent jaw and brow ridges.
Who were the Vikings descended from?
Far-flung connections. The DNA analysis revealed Vikings were a diverse bunch, with ancestry from hunter-gatherers, farmers, and populations from the Eurasian steppe.
Did Vikings have blue eyes?
Turns out they didn’t much resemble Thor or Ragnar Lothbrok.
It turns out most Vikings weren’t as fair-haired and blue-eyed as legend and pop culture have led people to believe. According to a new study on the DNA of over 400 Viking remains, most Vikings had dark hair and dark eyes.
Blue eyes are most common in Europe, especially Scandinavia. People with blue eyes have the same genetic mutation that causes eyes to produce less melanin. The mutation first appeared in a person living in Europe about 10,000 years ago.
Scandinavian countries like Finland and Norway also produce olive skin, as do Native Americans, Latinos, and some African Americans. Some claim that this type of skin is the most desirable skin tone as it is easy to care for. Olive skin is rarely too dry, neither is it as sensitive as fairer skin or as prone to acne.
Blue eyes, blonde hair
One consequence of the two groups mixing was a surprisingly large number of genetic variants in Scandinavian hunter gatherers. These groups were genetically more diverse than the groups that lived in central, western and southern Europe at the same time.
Perhaps the most popular stereotype about the region’s population is that everyone – men and women – is blonde-haired and blue-eyed. … It is true that the percentage of blonde-haired people is a little higher in Scandinavia than in the rest of the world, but it is a long way from being a majority.
Scandinavians have a bit more melanin than their western neighbors ( British and Irish). Therefore despite being fair-skinned they may still tan well. Their ancestors have adapted to a pretty cold climate though still less cloudy or gloomy than that of the British Isles.
Scandinavia has more cold air than other places. Therefore a smaller nose takes in less cold air. And the cold air it takes in moves through the nose so slowly that it warms up more when it goes into the throat.
Modern swedes have body hair. The difference is in technology and culture,Viking men had no razors,and therefore,beards where fashion of the day. Most modern swedes shave.
The supposed physical traits of the Nordics included light eyes, light skin, tall stature, and dolichocephalic skull; their psychological traits were deemed to be truthfulness, equitability, a competitive spirit, naivete, reservedness, and individualism.