Eiriksstadir Viking Home

Dalabyggð in west Iceland was the starting point for one of the most exciting chapters in history; the Viking Age expansion westward, which took explorers first to Greenland and later to the shores of North America.

In the Eiríksstaðir Heritage Museum, a replica turf-house hosts visitors who will meet modern day Vikings who demonstrate the lifestyle from 1,000 years ago, sharing their crafts and knowledge. Visitors learn about Erik the Red who was a famous explorer and discovered Greenland and of his son ‘Leif the Lucky’ who was the first European to set foot in North America, which he named Vinland.

The museum was created in 1999 and formally opened in 2000 in association with the celebration of the thousand-year anniversary of the discovery of Vinland

All of the tools and objects housed in the living museum are historic reconstructions based on Viking design from the size of the swords, to the leather shoes sewn together with a replica sewing needle.

Adjacent to the replica home is the excavation site of Leif Eiriksson’s original home where visitors can actually stand on Leif’s very doorstep and enjoy the same magnificent view he had out his front door while growing up in Haukadalur valley.