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The Settlement Center

Brakarbraut 13 - 15, Borgarnes 310, Iceland
+354 437 1600
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This museum is an audio tour that can be listened to in 14 languages. It is very well done and... read more

Reviewed September 27, 2016
Cynderella43
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Interesting and well done, but second exhibition can be too long

A very well done place with loads of information about the settlement of Iceland. The center is... read more

Reviewed September 26, 2016
merlinohad
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Jerusalem, Israel
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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. It also houses a cozy licensed restaurant, a café and a souvenir shop. The Center consists of three buildings, the warehouse, the merchant house and the reception hall. The exhibitions recreate the fascinating drama of the sagas and the birth of this island nation. They also bring to life one of Iceland’s most important cultural treasures, Egils Saga. There are two entertaining and educational exhibitions at the Settlement Center. While one tells the story of the first settlers, the other reveals the story of Iceland’s most important saga – Egils Saga. Egill Skalla-Grimson was a famous Viking and poet, and his saga is closely linked to the settlement period, as his father was one of the first settlers.
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Brakarbraut 13 - 15, Borgarnes 310, Iceland
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Reviewed September 27, 2016

This museum is an audio tour that can be listened to in 14 languages. It is very well done and quite informative about the history of Iceland from the very beginning. Icelanders were quite the Historians and kept very good records of their history from...More

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Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2016

Thank you so much for this very generous review. Actually we do audioguide now in 15 languages just added Chinese. Yes the Icelandic Sagas are our most important cultural heritage and are rated as one of the most importan literal heritage in the world. So...More

Reviewed September 26, 2016

A very well done place with loads of information about the settlement of Iceland. The center is actually a walkable exhibition in which visitors get an audio guide to lead them through the different stops. Although it isn't a museum in the sense that it...More

Thank merlinohad
Reviewed September 25, 2016

This museum did a wonderful job explaining the history of the Icelandic peoples. It took about an hour to go through the 2 exhibits. Worth it.

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Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2016

Thank you so much for your very generous review. So glad you enjoyed the exhibits. Have a wonderful time in Iceland. Best regards Sigridur Margret

Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

The audio tour was interesting. It moved you through the exhibit and kept everything moving. They gave you iPod minis with no way to rewind or fast forward. The tracks were set up for different languages. Also if it would be crowded would be hard...More

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Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2016

Thank you so much for your very kind review. Yes we do it on purpose to arrange it so that you can not fast forward. We often say to our guests "this is a storytelling program, and you don´t fast forward a story teller". This...More

Reviewed September 24, 2016

Doesn't fit my definition of a museum. More a story-telling (saga) place. Still, a good way to kill 90 minutes since there isn't a lot of other indoor activities (other than eating) in the area. Kind of quirky and, frankly, over priced. On the positive...More

Thank Jim D
Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2016

You are absolutly right. This is NOT a museum and we never introduce it as such. These are exhibitions and everything in there is specially made for the purpose of telling the story of the Settlement and Egils Saga. As for the price - the...More

Reviewed September 23, 2016

Lots of things to see and experience in walk through with audio Fascinating Iceland Settlement history and the stories of Egil (quite the character, scarey but compelling). Audio tour is split into two 1/2 hour sections.

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Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2016

Thank you so much for your very generous review. So glad you appreciated the wonders of those magnificent Sagas. Best regards Sigridur Margret

Reviewed September 21, 2016

Expensive even by Icelandic standards but there is not much else to do in Borganes ! Visually the exhibits are quirky to say the least. If you can put that behind you and listen to the tour audio then the exhibit is very informative and...More

Thank Ali921
Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2016

Thank you for your kind review. Glad you found the exhibits informative. As for the price - the price in ISK has not changed for 3 years - and when the ISK was weak it was not regarded expencive. Now the exchange rate has change...More

Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

Once we knew we'd be rerouting ourselves we decided to visit this museum before finding r hotel. A very popular museum but well organized to accommodate everyone. Head sets with multi language narration helps u move through the two different sections. Lots of displays n...More

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Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2016

Thank you so much for your very kind review. Good idea to rerouting yourselves and come to Borgarnes. Enjoy your stay in West Iceland. Best regards Sigridur Margret

Reviewed September 19, 2016

As you walk thru the exhibits, you will really learn a lot about the settlement of Iceland and of the Borgames area. I found the displays to be interesting and well put together. The ticket was expensive but I thought it was worth it. The...More

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Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2016

Thank you for your kind review. Glad you enjoyed the exhibits. As for the pice - when the ISK was weak majority of our guest did not find it expencive - but now with the streangthening of the ISK the exchange rate is unfavourable for...More

Reviewed September 15, 2016

With so many beautiful things to see in Iceland, don't waste your time and money on the Settlement Center. It was raining hard so we decided to visit it since it was an indoor activity. We both found it so boring - with such an...More

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Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2016

So sorry that your visit was a dissapointment. But fortunatly for us the majority of our guests do appreciate the way we present the Sagas. But you need have an interest in the subject to enjoy it. But I hope you enjoyed your other activities...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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