The Settlement center is a great exhibition showing the settlement of Iceland. This remarkable multimedia exhibition in Borgarnes uses the Sagas to explore the history of Iceland’s early settlement by Nordic Vikings. Half of the center is dedicated to the story of Egill Skalla-Grímsson, a colourful figure from one of the best-loved Icelandic Sagas, Egil’s Saga.
Visitors go on a voyage of discovery through storyboards, sculptures, sound and lighting as well as theater and live performances. Audio guides are available in Icelandic, English, German, French, Norwegian, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Finish, Swedish and Polish. The exhibition uses both digital and hands-on presentation. The center is popular among tourists and many also enjoy the restaurant which is in one of the buildings.
The Three Buildings
Three buildings make up the center: The Warehouse, The Merchant’s House and The Reception Hall.
Built in the late 19th century, the Warehouse served as storage space for the adjacent trading store known as Budarklettur. The old warehouse came into the ownership of the local authorities in 1971.
The Merchants house is the oldest house in Borgarnes, erected in 1877–78 by the original storekeeper; a man known as Akra-Jon. Later the Norwegian creditor Johann Lange took over the store. In 1886 a young Danish shopkeeper, Thor Jensen, became Lange’s agent and took over the responsibility of running the company.
Between the two existing buildings you find the third building. This connecting annex functions as a reception hall, houses ticket sales and provides access to the other buildings. It also sells souvenirs.
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