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“Very well done”

The Settlement Center
Ranked #1 of 19 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 June 18, 2013

We visited the Settlement House on our last day in Iceland the end of May. What a great ending to our Icelandic adventure. We had read so much history about Iceland during our travels and our different hosts had told us so much about the sagas. The museum tied each together and answered a few questions that we still had. It was very well done. Being seniors, we appreciated a reduced price, although we felt it was normally reasonably priced.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

This museum has two separate parts, one about Icelandic history and the other about sagas, each with its own admission fee and audio headset. Visiting the history part first helps the saga part make more sense. We recommend both, as together the relationship between the two became clearer. Each took around 20 or 30 minutes. The arty way that the saga figures were constructed from scrap lumber amused us.

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Reviewed June 12, 2013

The audio guide and the exhibits themselves make such imaginative use of art, narration, lighting and technology to tell their stories. One exhibit tells of Iceland's early history and the other shows and tells about events from one of the sagas. Each exhibit takes about a half hour to go through, and it's worth doing both.

We also really enjoyed the restaurant. We chose the lunch buffet, but the other choices looked good too. The gift shop was in a lovely space and had some items that we didn't see elsewhere.

Thank Ami_K_H
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

This tour is really interesting, even for a local like me, so I highly recommend it for anyone interested in learning about the settlement and the life of the first vikings in Iceland!

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Reviewed April 29, 2013

I got to the place together with a big group, who apparently had not contacted the center beforehand to let them know we were coming. The staff was very professional and effective, and recommended that everyone ordered the fish-soup, so we could be served at once at the tables. Some ordered other things, but most had the fish-soup. It was good, and the bread lovely. I would have liked a little vegetables in it myself, but all in all, very nice! And the selection of cakes was wonderful, and so was the flavor!
The center itself had a good exhibition with info about the first settlers of Iceland, very informative. There was a little souvenir-shop, with lovely things to bring home.
I really enjoyed it there, and just the food was worth the trip!

1  Thank StineMilla
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