Eiriksstadir
Eiriksstadir
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In Eiríksstadir you can travel a thousand years back in history, hear a story by the long fire and see how people lived in the times of Eric the Red.
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Eiriksstadir, Budardalur 371 Iceland
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  • History Bites Tours
    13 contributions
    A must-see in Iceland!
    This reproduction of Erik the Red’s longhouse was a highlight of our trip to Iceland. The historic site also includes the remaining ruins of Erik’s original longhouse nearby, which are over 1,000 years old! Our guide Attel was extremely knowledgeable about the Vikings’ culture and way of life and gave us a fantastic tour inside the longhouse while sitting around a fire. There is also a gift shop that sells handmade Icelandic clothing and decorations. Eiriksstadir is a must-see in Iceland, the ancient land of the Vikings!
    Traveled with family
    Written September 13, 2022
  • Sigridur S
    Reykjavik, Iceland304 contributions
    Home of the Vikings
    We vere so very lucky to be able to visit this historical place recently. We got a private tour since they have not officially opened for this summer because of Covid-19. I am icelandic but still had not been here before. This place being the home of the icelandic Vikings, Eiríkur rauði and Leifur Eiríksson is a living museum. The longhouse restored to show us how the Vikings lived. I found it interesting that the beds were small but apparently people slept in a sitting position during these times. Our guide dressed in linien clothes and wool was very knowledgeable both regarding the history and how the Vikings lived. I totally recommend that you visit Eiríksstaðir, their location is just a short distance from Búðardalur and well marked from the main road.
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 25, 2020
  • NewPlaceFan
    Kenosha, Wisconsin374 contributions
    Interesting recreation of a Viking longhouse
    If you are interested in Viking history, this birthplace of Leif Eriksson can be interesting. Note that it is a reconstruction since the original would be hundreds of years old! You only need to pay the admission if you go inside and watch the "tour" presentation. If not, you can look around the grounds and peek inside, which was enough for us. On the day we were there, the little flies were out in force and pretty irritating, which cut our stop short. Note that the road to get there approaches from the west and has some gravel but isn't bad if you are coming up Hwy 60 from Reykjavik. However, IF you decide to visit Snaefellsnes afterward and take Hwy 54 west, you are in for some of the worst roads ever - gravel with crazy potholes plus winding mountain white-knuckle driving.
    Written July 30, 2022
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Robynrad
Greater Sydney, Australia576 contributions
Sep 2022
After a week of enjoying the beautiful Icelandic environment our visit to Eiriksstadir provided some much needed historical context and culture. The home of Erik the Red has been faithfully recreated in every detail (with the exception of the smoking fire) and we could visualise a lifestyle so different to ours. We were the first to arrive that morning and were treated to a full tour. The guide that day was a gently spoken and knowledgeable woman who was mesmerising in the way she told the old stories and history of Erik and his son Leif. There are also some really helpful information boards outside, and a chance to walk around the ruins of the original house. It is a little out of the way to reach but very much worth it.
Written October 17, 2022
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Jon C
Fairfax, VA105 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
What a fantastic peek into a very well recognized historical figure but of whom my wife and I actually knew very little. The guide vividly described life in those long ago times, including the Icelanders’ efforts to emigrate to Greenland, the living conditions of those times how Leif Erik had to keep moving due to his personality and murderous ways. This site is quite a bit off the beaten path and we logged many extra Kilometers on our rental car but it well worth the visit. Our guide was not only historically informative but she was also very pleasantly entertaining. Kudos to your staff of docents. She also recommended that we go to the nearby Leif Eiriksson Center for some excellent soup, bread any cupcakes. Interestingly, the guide sole excellent, idiomatic American English.
Written July 22, 2021
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hanna718
NOVA540 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
Recreation of Eric the Red's longhouse on the same groud as his original site (maybe a hundred meters away from where archeologists found the foundation). Birthplace of his son Leif Erikson, first known European to set foot in North America. Really informative and interesting, guide was a historian and balanced entertainment with what could otherwise dry facts. Set in a green valley, good visualization of how viking was a job description, and much of the time they were occupied by farming.
Written July 14, 2021
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Nataliya P
9 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Thank you so much to the staff at Eiriksstadir - you made our day today!
We have arrived 5 minutes until closing time, as underestimated our travel times - but were still welcomed in, and shown around. The place is incredible, the history fascinating, all our questions were answered. Adults and kids alike thoroughly enjoyed. Definitely worth a visit!
Written July 30, 2020
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etweeden
London, UK757 contributions
Apr 2015
N about 150 kilometres from Reykjavik. Take Highway 49 out of the capital East / northeast. On the eastern edge of Reykjavik, Highway 49 turns into Hithway 1. Continue on this road, you will go under a fjord through a tunnel (fee about $10). Continue on Highway 1 after leaving the tunnel and eventually you will pass the Hotel Bifrost and Hotel Grabok on your left. Watch for the junction with Highway 60 on your left (called Vestfjordavega - west fjord way), turn left onto 60. This is a beautiful roadway. You will ascend through a pass and go by many waterfalls. Eventually you will see a road junction on the right for Eiriksstadir, Road 586, turn right onto this road. While you are next to the lake on your right, this road is paved. When you no longer have the lake on your right the road becomes gravel, moving straight on to Eiriksstadir. There is a parking lot, a Gift Shop and Ticket Office a rest room, and a display describing the site. At the end opposite the Ticket Office is the Longhouse Restoration (built with period tools and methods). where the Tour happens. The tour itself is informative, humorous and fun, with a very realistic description of 11th century Norse life both here in Iceland and throughout the northern hemisphere from Constantinople to Canada. Inside are traditional sleeping booths, a loom, a storeroom and shelves and a fire pit. The house is restored based on the archeological finds in the original farmhouse area. There is a brook running down the hillside behind the Gift Shop. The brook runs very close to the original house site (there is a trail to this site, and signage next to it - iris kept mowed). A very picturesque place, and you can easily see why Eirik's Father-in-Law gave him this acreage. Why is this site important to North Americans? This is where the journey started for 'discoverers' of the North American continent. Eirik got into a property dispute with a neighbour at this farm, and that neighbour died. Eirik was banished by the local authorities and set out to the west, where there had been rumours of land. Eiriksstadir eventually settled in S. Greenland. In about the year 999 a merchant heading to Iceland from Norway (Bjarni Herjulfsson) got blown off course by a storm and showed up in Greenland raving about a rich land full of forests and fodder southwest of Eirik's farm in Greenland. His son Leif took off to explore, eventually constructing a settlement in Northern Newfoundland (at L'Anse au Meadow). The remains there have been excavated and preserved, they are the earliest known remains of European settlement in the Americas.
Written July 18, 2015
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stonellas
London, UK903 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
We read about this in the Museum of Iceland guide and we based on that we were really looking forward to seeing the museum. However the expectation was certainly not matched when we actually got there. Basically the display consists of a turfed house that was built in 2000 -- 17 years ago --- in an area where they think Leif may have lived and for that you pay 1000Isk to go inside a reconstruction of an early house. Deeply disappointing. In fact if you want to get a real idea of what life was like then go to the Settlement Museum in Reykjavik. We thought that superb.
Written June 29, 2017
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Ívar H
Bratislava, Slovakia51 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
This stop is something you should take the hour you need to do it. It is about 9km away from the mainroad but the history is very intresting, it is about Eric the red and his son Leif Ericsonm the viking who found America! The story teling takes about 20-25 minutes, and than you can take a 300m hike to the original farm from Eric the red himself! Over 1000 years old ruins authentic from the vikings. A MUST DO AND MUST SEE.
Written August 7, 2016
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Noud W
Nuenen, The Netherlands108 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
Near Budardalur turning right on the road '60' on the '586' you will pass the lake 'Haukadalsvatn'. After this you will find the replica of Eriksstadir's home. A bit higher up the hill lies the ruin of the original house but let me tell you: the replica is much more exciting ;)

We traveled around in Island but historic sites like this are scarce. The story about Eirik the Red and his son Leif Eiriksson and how they lived is a great story to hear.
My family enjoyed our visit as well as I did. They ask an entrance fee of 1000 kronas for adults (if my memory serves me well). Well worth every krona. If you are in the neighborhood, do yourself a favor and visit this place .
Written September 1, 2015
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Iceland-Highlights
20 contributions
Jun 2017
I went to Eriksstaðir in June with a friend of mine, both of us in full authentic viking outfits, almost as an pilgrimage to the place known as the home of Eric The Red, father of Leifur Eiriksson the first European to set foot in America.
We were there alone in the afternoon,in the sun, taking our time enjoying the beautiful view of the valley. A great place to visit and a monumental historic site.
Written September 13, 2017
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Julie M
Oxford, UK123 contributions
Aug 2016 • Friends
This reconstruction of a Viking House close to the birthplace of Erik the Red is very well done. The local guide knows the site and its history very well indeed. A great explanation and a very interesting place to visit.
Written August 15, 2016
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