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The Settlement Center

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Settlement & Egils Saga Exhibition
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Settlement- & Egils Saga exhibition Offering a wealth of information, the Settlement Center provides a wonderful insight into Iceland’s history. It also gives you the chance to put your visit into the context of the country’s past. The exhibitions...more
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Brakarbraut 13-15, Borgarnes, Borgarbyggd 310, Iceland
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Reviewed yesterday

I stopped by here while staying in Borgarnes. There's a nice little gift store that has a variety of things typical to Iceland. It's located in the basement of the restaurant. Audio guides are available to many languages for the museum.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank europewithKellynRyan
Reviewed 1 week ago

Be prepared to be mesmerized by the skillful telling of a tale. And remember that all tales have an element of truth! I was captivated by the use of voice, stomps, a stick and a stump - that brought the story to life. This is...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank SmartMomfromSeattle
SettlementCenter, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for this very generous review. Yes The Black Magic performance by Geir Kondad is amazing. He has such talent in telling stories and captivating the audience. Best regards Sigridur Margret

Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a nice supper after a walk in to town after checking in. It was a busy night but our service and dinner was very good. Nice gift shop below the restaurant for gifts. Especially liked the salts. Found more salt for gifts at the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Julie D
SettlementCenter, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for this very generous review. Glad you enjoyed both food and service. Best regards Sigridur Margret

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This centre has 2 exhibitions included in the price - history of the Icelandic Settlement, and an Icelandic Saga (folk tale). Audio is provided in a number of languages, so that you walk around the exhibitions looking at the displays and listening to the story....More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank GeoffTurner
SettlementCenter, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

thank you so much for this very kind review. Well yes the Icelandic Sagas are violent but Egils saga has though romance and poetry as well. Best regards Sigridur Margret

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We eat at the restaurant both nights we stayed in Borgarnes, excellent food, friendly staff, and at a reasonable price.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank DFLEUK
SettlementCenter, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your very generous rating and review. So glad you came twice and enjoyed both times. Best regards Sigridur Margret

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really well designed and thoughtful museum/cultural centre - and the folks who run it are knowledgeable and informative. Gift shop was one of the best we came across in Iceland (authentic goods, well priced). Bonus: the restaurant is also very good, with friendly waitstaff and...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank whistlegirl53
SettlementCenter, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for this very generous rating and friendly review. So glad you enjoyed your visit. Best regards Sigridur Margret

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The audio narration was good, but the area is REALLY squished and crowded, and we went on an off day. There were two sections, one about the sagas and one about Icelandic history. The saga story really glorified violence without giving any historic context. Really...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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SettlementCenter, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. Sorry you did not enjoy the exhibits. The saga story reflects the violence existed during the Settlement period 874 - around 1300 in Iceland and elsewhere. But we do not glorify it. We just tell the synopsis of Egils saga...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Audio guide is interesting but the exhibition is cramped and way too close together. Don’t go if you’re claustrophobic. Museums in Reykjavik cover the same material much better.More

Date of experience: June 2019
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SettlementCenter, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. Sorry you did not enjoy the exhibitions. They are located in an old warehouse and sett like a labirinth. Normally we let guest in two and two at a time with about 2 min interval to avoid people feeling cramped....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfortunately out of lobster but the shrimp pasta certainly was beyond expectations! The lamb soup was also a delight and a great taste of Icelandic cuisine. The museum downstairs cut into the rock wall was also very well done. You won’t be disappointed!More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Holmer
SettlementCenter, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for this very generous review. Yes it is too bad that it seems like the VIP langoustine we used to have seems to have disappeared from Icelandic seas. At least they are very hard to get so we had to remove...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Two interesting interactive exhibitions in one. The first about the settlement of Iceland & the second Emil’s saga. I particularly enjoyed standing on the bow of a Viking ship which truly made me feel as if I was at sea. The cafe and shop were...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank kirstine2013
SettlementCenter, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your very generous review. Talking about the bow of the Viking ship. The designer of the machine that drives the ship told us that the movement is the same as the Atlantic Ocean. Every seventh wave is deeper that the...More

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It was on my mind for a long time - as many other interesting sites I had visited on this trip - just didn't had the time to write before! Paul
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