Immersive 1-Hour Settlement & Egils Saga Exhibition Tour in Borgarnes

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Borgarnes, Iceland
1 hour
English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Icelandic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Swedish
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18 years old


Immerse yourself in Iceland's rich history with a visit to the Settlement & Egils Saga exhibition in Borgarnes. This easy, one-hour experience takes you on a captivating journey through the country's past, vividly portraying the first settlers and the remarkable Egils Saga. 

Ideal for history enthusiasts and curious explorers, this audio-guided exhibition delves into Iceland's origins and the extraordinary tale of Egill Skalla-Grimson, a renowned Viking and poet.

Your tour begins when you arrive at the Settlement Center, located at Brakarbraut 15 in Borgarnes. As you step inside, you'll be greeted by a wealth of information that sheds light on Iceland's history. The exhibition takes you on a chronological journey through time, helping you comprehend the context of Iceland's early days.

Five hundred and fifty years before Columbus set sail, daring Scandinavians embarked on a perilous voyage across the Atlantic, uncovering a vast, untouched island that would become Iceland. The Settlement Era began with their arrival, and the names and stories of 350 of these early settlers have been preserved in The Book of Icelanders and The Book of the Settlement.

The exhibition vividly recounts their adventures, offering a glimpse into the challenges and triumphs they faced.

Egils Saga, a captivating account of Egill Skalla-Grimson, is one of the most colorful sagas in Icelandic literature. Egill was the son of Skalla-Grimur Kveldulfsson, one of the first Viking settlers who claimed land in the Borgarnes area. This saga allows you to follow one family's journey as they establish themselves in Iceland. 

Egill, a multifaceted character, was both a sensitive poet and a fierce warrior. His saga weaves together battles, love stories, magic, and witchcraft, creating a complex yet captivating narrative condensed into a 30-minute synopsis for your convenience.

The Settlement & Egils Saga exhibition leverages multimedia and theatrical techniques to transport you back in time. Audio guides are available in 15 languages, ensuring a personalized experience.

Whether you speak Icelandic, English, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, German, French, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, or Dutch, you can explore the exhibition at your own pace.

Your journey through the exhibition culminates in a comprehensive understanding of Iceland's settlement history and the extraordinary saga of Egill Skalla-Grimson. The entire experience typically takes around 30 minutes to complete.

Wi-Fi is provided to make your visit even more convenient. The Settlement & Egils Saga exhibition is an excellent opportunity to delve into Iceland's early history, discover its heroic figures, and appreciate the remarkable sagas that have shaped the nation.

Take advantage of this chance to connect with the country's past and rich cultural heritage. Check availability now by selecting a date.

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