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The Settlement Center

Brakarbraut 13-15, Borgarnes 310, Iceland
+354 437 1600
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Informative audiotours

The settlement center offers informative audiotours (available in many languages) on Icelandic... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Great place to stop to learn about hisory

I went here to avoid the high winds outside and it turned out to be really fun! They have two... read more

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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.
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Brakarbraut 13-15, Borgarnes 310, Iceland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The settlement center offers informative audiotours (available in many languages) on Icelandic settlement history and Egil's saga. The first part was, although interesting, sometimes a bit quick with many names and places and it was a pity no text was available to pause and reread...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went here to avoid the high winds outside and it turned out to be really fun! They have two exhibits - one about the original settlers and another about one of the viking tales - that are audio guided. It was really interesting to...More

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Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your very generous review. So glad you found shelter from the storm. Enjoy your stay in Iceland. Best regards Sigridur Margret

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

We ran into a lot of traffic on our way to Budir from KEF (!!!!) so we pulled through Borgarnes right about the time the Settlement Center opened up so we thought we would check it out. Glad we did. The gentleman working was very...More

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Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2018

Thank you so much for your very generous review. Glad you took a brake from driving all the way to Budir in one go. It looks like you arrived early - we open up for menu at 12 o´clock when the lunch buffet is all...More

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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

The Settlement Center is well worth the stop if in the area to hear about the Viking sagas, the settlement of Iceland, and the development of medieval Iceland. The little gift shop is full of interesting books and material for any bibliophile. The tour itself...More

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Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2018

Thank you so much for this very generous review. And thank you for pointing out that we are just few minutes off the ring road. Best regards and happy new year. Sigridur Margret

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Reviewed 17 December 2017

Fabulous word carvings and craft-style presentation. Added greatly to the informative history. Loved it and so glad we stopped here.

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Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

Thank you so much for this very generous review. We are also glad you stopped by. Merry Chistmas and happy new year. Best regards Sigridur Margret

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Reviewed 1 December 2017

This museum is small but gives one a good perspective of the settlement of Iceland by the Vikings and their travels

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Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2017

Thank you for your kind review. Glad you enjoyed the exhibits. Best regards Sigridur Margret

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Reviewed 30 November 2017

This is a walk-thru, audio tour of the history of the early Icelanders. There are a series of rooms, devoted to different times and people. Takes under an hour. Also a gift shop, and clean bathrooms.

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Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2017

Thank you so much for this very generous review. Best regards Sigridur Margret

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Reviewed 17 November 2017

We had very helpful Icelandic servers, accommodating my gluten free needs, and overall creating an environment that was very comfortable. We were there in the first big storm of the season, and were really able to unwind in this location.

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Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2017

Thank you so much for this very generous review. Glad you found shelter from the storm and had a good time at our restaurant and exhibitions. Best regards Sigridur Margret

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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

We learnt a lot on our tour around the exhibitions. We luckily arrived in the evening and had both exhibitions to ourselves so we didn't feel rushed. One less star because I did think it was expensive for what it was but it was interesting...More

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Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2017

Thank you very much for your kind review. Glad you enjoyed the exhibits and were well looked after by our staff. Expensive? Well this is a private enterprize not run by the government or the municiipality as most cultural exhibits are. And even it is...More

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Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

This is a different kind of museum, it was not only informative but also very interactive. There are two different showcase to choose from and we decided to do both as it was more worth it. It was about an hour to cover both sections....More

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Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Thank you so much for this very generous review. We are in the prosess of fixing the button on the map that is out of order. Waiting for the spare part. But I am glad it did not put you off. Best regards Sigridur Margret

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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
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