Synopsis. Born in the th century, Norse explorer Leif Eriksson was the second son of Erik the Red, who is credited with settling Greenland. For his part, Eriksson is considered by many to be the .Leif Erikson or Leif Ericson c. c. was a Norse explorer from Iceland. He was the first known European to have set foot on continental North America excluding Greenland , before Christopher Columbus. According to the Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, tentatively identified with the Norse L’Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland in .Leif Erikson, Norse explorer widely held to have been the first European to reach the shores of North America. The th and th century Icelandic accounts of his life show that he was a member of an early voyage to North America, although he may not have been the first to sight its coast..Leif Erickson born William Wycliffe Anderson, was an American stage, film, and television actor. Early life. Erickson was born in Alameda, California, near San Francisco. He worked as a soloist in a band as vocalist and trombone player .