The Settlement Center

Posted on January 12, 2019
CategoriesActivity, Museum
The Settlement Center

Housed in a wonderful restored warehouse not far from the harbour in Borgarnes, the MUST – SEE Settlement Centre offers a fascinating insight into the history of Icelandic settlement and the saga era. The Center contains, a restaurant, giftshop and two exhibitions, one covering the discovery and settlement of the island, in which multi-media and theatrical techniques are employed to help the visitor experience first hand the trepidation and exitement of setting off over the open ocean for lands unknown.

The other recounts the adventures and tales of the man behind Egil´s saga. Situated in the stone-walled basement of the Centre, the exhibition leads the visitor through the twists and turns of this fantastic Saga.. This is not your run – of – the – mill Icelandic folkmuseum- the Settlement Centre offers excellent insight into Iceland´s history and a firm context in which to place your Icelands visit.

Audio guides lead the visitor on a voyage of discovery and are available in 14 languages: Icelandic, English, German, Frendh, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Finish, Swedish, Danish, Dutch and Norwegian. A complete circuit of the exhibition takes about 30 minutes. 

Open all year – daily from 10am – 9pm – Check for opening hours over Christmas and the New Year. Groups can gain access to the centre outside of normal operating hours through prior arrangement with the management. Please contact Sigridur Margret tel +354 895 5460

Introduction About the exhibitions The sagas offer a thrilling glimpse into Iceland’s legendary history and there is no better way to experience them. The Settlement Center offers you the unique chance to immerse yourself in the captivating stories of Iceland’s past with two permanent exhibitions. From tales of the first settlers, to the adventures of the Viking legend Egill Skalla-Grimsson, history comes to life in all its excitement. With a background in television and theatre, we take a fresh approach to exhibiting, bringing the past to life in a fascinating and colorful way.

The restaurant Enjoy delicious, traditional Icelandic dishes at our fantastic restaurant. Choose from lamb, fish stew and lobster – or make the most of our famous lunch buffet. A chance to relax at Borganes’s best eatery.

The Settlement Exhibition Experience what it feels like to set foot on an undiscovered land. The stories of the first settlers reveal tales of survival on a harsh and untouched island they claimed as their own.

The Egils Saga Exhibition Iceland’s most famous saga comes to life. Discover the adventure of this captivating tale through the work of a range of artists. Atmospheric, fun and fascinating, you’ll experience the legends of the past and meet some skeletons along the way. In the words of one young visitor, ‘It was scared – but I want to go again!’

The gift shop Our gift shop is the perfect place for presents. If you are looking to take a piece of Iceland home with you, we offer a range of great gifts for the whole family.

  • The Settlement Center
  • Brákarbraut 13 – 15 – 310 Borgarnes
  • Tel: +354 437 1600 / 895 5460
  • open all year 10am-9pm
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