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“Great Opportunity to Learn About the Icelandic Sagas”
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Saga Center
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Small-Group Day Trip to Thorsmork and...
Ranked #7 of 18 things to do in Hvolsvollur
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Reviewed July 31, 2011

This is a great opportunity to get some insight into the Icelandic sagas. You are standing in the middle of where this all happened. A visit here It will make your drive through the farms and mountains and rivers come alive as you imagine what Iceland was like a thousand years ago.

The Icelandic Saga Centre doesn't look like much on the outside, so the actual display on the inside is a nice surprise. The Centre is located in Hvolvsvollur just off of Route 1, north of the roundabout. It is on the right side of the road.

As you follow the presentation, you will be introduced to the Iceland of 1000 years ago. Be ready to do some reading as you go. Gradually, you will be introduced to Njall's Saga. It is a very famous saga in Iceland. Many events in the saga took place in the area. You will be introduced to how the saga is arranged, the characters, and the story. What the museum does so well is help you see Iceland from the perspective of the writer and characters. Beside the surrounding country, places you are likely to visit, such as Thingvellir, are featured in the saga. You learn about characters that are exiled, go to other countries to raid, and even to Rome on a pilrimmage. You learn about the old pagan religion versus the new christian religion. You learn about how people viewed justice and vengeance, the roles of men and women.

You can tell I really enjoyed the visit. But I like this sort of thing. It is not something to rush through. People that try to see it in 20 minutes don't get anything out if it. If you don't read at least most of the panels, you won't really get it. Plan to spend one hour or maybe even more.

Allow an hour or more. If

3  Thank David-IrvineCA
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Reviewed September 5, 2010

The Saga Center is just what you’d expect - a museum dedicated to the Saga of Njall. Sagas are the narrative cultural history of the Icelandic people and important to the understanding of the Icelandic culture.

Not being Icelandic (or really even familiar with the art form of the saga), we found the Saga Center to be somewhat confusing. They didn’t actually explain a saga until Room 16. However, despite its organizational challenges, if you hung with it until the end and then synthesize the information together yourself, you can have a strong picture of the saga art. This museum was worth the stop (note: not well labeled from the road).

More on our time in Iceland:
http://justanothertravelblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/waterfalls-and-glaciers-of-southern.html

4  Thank JATB
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