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“One of the best museums in Iceland”

The Settlement Center
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Borgarnes
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Out of all the museums we visited in Iceland, this was one where our family had the most fun. Audioguides in English (which are included in the entry fee) were provided and made the exhibits come to life. The museum is divided into an upper and lower part. The upper part describes the settlement of Iceland in around 870 AD whilst the lower part narrates the life and times of a character called Egil (from one of the Icelandic Sagas) which are both entertaining and amusing even if a bit far-fetched.
The museum has a restaurant adjoining it, free parking outside and incredibly clean restrooms which even had candles burning.

Thank Tony M
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Display is poor and explanations via headphone are far too long for what is to be seen. Not worth to visit.

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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Very interesting museum, very well explained.
They supply you with audioguides in all languages.
I could hear the whole explanation in Italian, I could not believe it!

Thank Alex63Como
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

There are 2 parts to this museum a half hour drive from Reykjavik.
Part one deals with the settlement of Iceland, why and how they came there etc. It is an interactive 30 min tour.
Part 2 tells the story of Egil's saga using wood carved characters and displays. It also takes about 30 minutes to do the self guided tour.

Thank CEJManitoba
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

After visiting the Settlement Centre I got the urge of reading some Icelandic sagas! History and literature are presented in such an interesting and educational way that you actually feel the need to learn more.
A great place, not your average Icelandic town museum, indeed.

1  Thank ITQ
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