859 - Viking attacked Spain & burned the mosques of Sevilla and Algeciras

Claus Deleuran: Bjorn Ironside and Hastein


Spain
A 3 year long viking raid began. Hastein and Bjorn Ironside led 62 dragon ships south to explore the Mediterranean area. They were first driven off from the west coast of Spain by the local Asturians and later suffered a minor defeat against Umayyad Caliphate of Córdoba at Niebla.
Claus Deleuran: Vikings looting
But then a long series of successful raids happened first: Lisbon, Portugal and then they went through the Straits of Gibraltar sacking Algeciras and Sevilla where the mosques were burned. Malaga, Cartagena, Barcelona and the Balearic islands was raided. Hastein and Bjorn Ironside made a winter camp at Camargue island and raided French towns and monasteries up the Rhone valley.
Chronicle of Alfonso 3 mentions "Danish pirates made a long sea journey, sailed between Spain and the up the Rhone river. They plundered som civitetes and monasteries"
Ireland
Cerball mac Dunlainge, The King of Osraige was in an alliance with the viking leaders Imar(Ivar) and Amlaib Conung(Olaf) they
raided the rival king Máel Sechnaill's territorus the kingdom of Meath, but soon afterwards Cerball seeked peace with Máel Sechnaill.