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The Settlement Center

Brakarbraut 13 - 15, Borgarnes 310, Iceland
+354 437 1600
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Extremely good value for money

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Settlement Centre. The upstairs area was well set out. Each... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
U have to do audio tour

It was outstanding. So glad we stopped. The stalk were very friendly. The tour we did was 45... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lesley H
Lafayette, Ca
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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.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good39%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“egil's saga” (51 reviews)
“gift shop” (35 reviews)
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Brakarbraut 13 - 15, Borgarnes 310, Iceland
+354 437 1600

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Settlement Centre. The upstairs area was well set out. Each point was numbered and the audio commentary well planned to be concise without losing any of the value of the information. It was very informative and explained so...More

Thank bbeejay
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It was outstanding. So glad we stopped. The stalk were very friendly. The tour we did was 45 minutes and it covered the Viking era and it had a mast of ship that moved. It was very educational. I highly recommend this stop

Thank Lesley H
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you are interested in learning about the history of Iceland, this is a quick and fun way to get a feel for the early settlers' trials and view of the world and to hear about the basic Icelandic Sagas. While there is some violence,...More

Thank 03Val48
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a rainy day in Reykjavik we headed towards clearer weather, using this folk-art small exhibit and nice restaurant as a destination. We took it for what it is, rather than comparing to big museums. Some of the nasty one-star reviews were from folks who...More

Thank Ron N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had gone to the other one in Reykjavik with my mum. Both I did not enjoy which will be due to the fact I don't like museums! My mum loved both, defiently a must go for history lovers or archeology lovers and older generation....More

Thank Brhordern
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed this museum! As with most places in Iceland, the entry seemed steep, about $25USD per person. You receive an iPod that leads you on two exhibit tours- one of Iceland's history and one on Egil's Saga. We had been reading about the...More

Thank AllisonC0511
Reviewed 1 week ago

One exhibit is very informative about the settlement of Iceland. The other tells a saga about Iceland which was less interesting. The restaurant was the best that we found in Iceland.

Thank Robert J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very informative and enjoyable, with audio headsets that actually worked very well - in many similar places we've been to they don't. The displays are beautifully crafted, and it took about an hour to see both. Dinner at the adjoining restaurant afterwards was delicious, the...More

Thank lovelynn20
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Two exhibitions, one on Settlement and the other on Egill's Saga. Each is interesting and each is viewed by means of an audio guide. The commentary works by taking you to the next number, which means that there is a set pace around the museum....More

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 1 week ago

If your are a vegetarian and fish and lamb, the staple Iceland food protein is not for you, this would be a Nordic godsend. The café in the settlement center has a great spread of grilled vegetable and bean salads, pasta, soup and bread. There...More

Thank PR. S
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Response from paulsagiv | Reviewed this property |
It was on my mind for a long time - as many other interesting sites I had visited on this trip - just didn't had the time to write before! Paul