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The Viking club Rimmugýgur in Iceland

Our international guests typically ask me the place they will discover Viking “stuff” in Iceland, and what Viking actions they will participate in throughout their keep in my nation. So I made a decision on making a listing of the Viking actions, Viking exhibitions, and museums, which I find out about and have taken half in right here in Iceland. 

The Norwegian Vikings arrived in Iceland in open Viking ships within the Ninth century and settled on this chilly volcanic island within the north. Right here they needed to battle the weather and one another. They persevered via surprising volcanic eruptions, drift ice, and harsh winters, and the Icelanders, who inhabit Iceland now, are direct descendants of the Vikings.

Prime photograph: The Viking membership Rimmugýgur in Iceland

The Viking club Rimmugýgur in Iceland

The Viking competition in Hafnarfjörður

Our ancestors, the Vikings, have been searching for a safer place to stay and to boost their households, however feuds and battles have been to happen on this former peaceable island, the place only some Irish monks had lived earlier than the Vikings arrived.

These days we bear in mind and have fun our Viking roots and ancestry by providing a number of Viking associated actions.

Our largest Viking membership, Rimmugýgur, celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2017, however this fierce group of Vikings may be seen in motion on a number of events down-town Reykjavík and somewhere else round Iceland. 

The Viking Market at Víðistaðatún ParkThe Viking club Rimmugýgur in Iceland

The Viking competition in Hafnarfjörður

In August 2017 Iceland’s oldest and largest Viking membership Rimmugýgur, held a Viking feast at Víðistaðatún park in Hafnarfjörður city.

Rimmugýgur Viking membership celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2017 with many feasts and I bumped into them in lots of locations. The primary feast for his or her twentieth anniversary was held at Víðistaðatún park.

I attended the feast and watched their Viking reenactment, which began with a Viking funeral that was a fierce Viking battle. Víðistaðatún park is a superb location because the viewers can sit on the slope and watch the Viking reenactment from above.

The Viking club Rimmugýgur in Iceland

The Viking competition in Hafnarfjörður

To start with – some 20 years in the past – Rimmugýgur was a Viking battle membership, however via the years their objectives have modified and escalated.

Now, other than martial arts, they train archery and educate individuals on the methods of the Vikings, they make their very own garments, some out of leather-based – and promote all types of hand-made leather-ware and artefacts made out of bones, and so forth., which they promote on the Viking market.

The Viking club Rimmugýgur in Iceland

This lovely valkyrie, Elín Reynisdóttir, is the primary lady to be accepted into the Rimmugýgur Viking membership again in 1997 – Guðrún völva is within the background

I additionally visited the Viking market, the place some tremendous Viking objects and handmade woven items, and leatherware may be discovered. It’s fantastic to wander across the tents on the market studying in regards to the methods of the Vikings. Right here archery is taught and kids can attend the Viking Faculty for youths.

In my photograph under you will note leather-based rings made by Guðmann at Mink Pictures.

Viking market in Hafnarfjörður

The Viking market on the Viking competition in Hafnarfjörður

Hafsteinn Kúld Pétursson is the appointed Earl of Rimmugýgur Viking Membership, however Hafsteinn is without doubt one of the 8 associates who have been the founder members of Rimmugýgur again in 1997. It was small again then however has grown to an important extent, with the members being round 200 now, with some 60 of them participating within the sword preventing.

The title Rimmugýgur comes from the crown jewel of the Icelandic Sagas – the Saga of Njáll – the axe Rimmugýgur within the Saga belonged to Skarphéðinn Njálsson and means bardagatröll – a preventing troll.

The Viking club Rimmugýgur in Iceland

The Viking competition in Hafnarfjörður

Rimmugýgur is a really energetic Viking Membership, which takes half in all types of Viking festivities round Iceland. They’ll even be booked for personal affairs, the place ever Vikings are wanted 🙂

They prepare twice per week for two hours at a time, from 20:00-22:00, within the basement car parking zone of the procuring centre Fjörður in Hafnarfjörður. Contributors should be 16 years previous and solely 18 and older are in a position to take part within the Rimmugýgur Viking reenactment battles/exhibits.

You may contact Hafsteinn@rimmugygur.is for extra info. 

Regína and Guðrún at the Viking village in Ribe Denmakr

Guðrún and I on the Viking village in 2017 in Ribe, Denmark

Within the summertime, Rimmugýgur travels to different Viking festivals in our neighbouring Northern nations, and different Vikings come to go to the Icelandic festivals. 

I checked out the Viking scene in Denmark, the place you can see a substantial amount of Viking exercise, and was amazed after I met a girl, Guðrún, on the Viking village in Ribe, Jylland, who spoke Icelandic and we came upon that we have now mutual associates!

Regína and Guðrún at the Viking festival in IcelandGuðrún and I on the Viking competition of 2019 in Víðistaðatún in Iceland

Guðrún is Danish however has visited the Viking competition many, many occasions in Iceland, and learnt my language. A stunning Viking lady 🙂

The annual Viking Competition was usually held on the Viking Village, however the market and Viking battles moved in 2018 to Víðistaðatún park in Hafnarfjörður, which is a a lot greater venue and extra handy for this type of Viking exercise.

The annual Viking Competition in HafnarfjörðurThe Viking club Rimmugýgur in Iceland

The Viking competition in Hafnarfjörður – Jón Gestur from Rimmugýgur

The Viking competition is held yearly on the 2nd weekend in June, across the time of Iceland’s nationwide vacation on the seventeenth of June. So remember, Hafnarfjörður, which belongs to the Nice-Reykjavík Space, shall be flooded with Icelandic Vikings and Vikings from everywhere in the world.

The dates for the Viking market of 2020 have been to be from the sixteenth of June till the twenty first of JuneHowever as a consequence of COVID-19, the Viking competition was postponed till the Sixth-Ninth of August – solely to be cancelled when a sudden rise in COVID instances occurred 🙁 The 2021 competition shall be held on the Twelfth-Fifteenth of August.

Right here you’ll actually see a whole bunch of Vikings dressed up in Viking type garments feasting, preventing one another in fight, demonstrating Viking type preventing arts like axe throwing and archery, and promoting their wares – starting from leather-based items, swords, silver jewellery, fur to on a regular basis requirements manufactured from bones.

The Viking club Rimmugýgur in Iceland

The Viking competition in Hafnarfjörður – kids being taught methods to deal with Viking weapons

The Viking Competition has from 2018 been held at Víðistaðatún park

Twice throughout the days of the competition, the company on the Viking Competition will be capable of watch reenacted Viking combats, that are fairly scary and lifelike at occasions, to be sincere.

There’s nice comradeship on the Viking Competition and the Vikings are pleasant and cheerful, so there may be nothing to fret about 🙂

The Viking club Rimmugýgur in Iceland

On the annual Viking competition

At evening the Vikings have gathered at Fjörukráin Viking restaurant for a continuation of their feast. Or at the least in order that they did when the Viking Competition was held on the Viking Village.

I’ve written a particular travel-blog The Annual Viking Competition in Hafnarfjörður about my many visits to the Viking Competition.

You may as well examine them out at Víkingahátíð í Hafnarfirði – Viking Market in Hafnarfjörður on Fb.

The Viking Competition Ingólfshátíð in Reykjavík – Einherjar

Vikings at the Viking club Einherjar in Reykjavík

Vikings on the Viking membership Einherjar in Reykjavík – the Viking to the left is Helgi Hamrammi

Now, Rimmugýgur is the Viking membership of Hafnarfjörður city, however we even have the Viking membership of the capital metropolis Reykjavík, referred to as Einherjar, based in 2008. Einherjar has held the Reykjavík Viking competition each in Hljómskálagarður park and in Austurvöllur park in Reykjavík.

The Reykjavík Viking competition is named Ingólfshátíð, named after Ingólfur Arnarson, Iceland’s first settler, and Ingólfur Júlíusson, photographer, who got here up with the thought of the Viking competition. Sadly he died of leukemia in 2013, on the age of 42, earlier than the primary Viking competition was held in Reykjavík. The Reykjavík Viking competition was held for the primary time that 12 months in his reminiscence.

Vikings at the Viking club Einherjar in Reykjavík

On the Viking competition in Reykjavík

Einherjar celebrated its Tenth anniversary on the Ingólfshátíð Viking competition, which was held on the 14th of July 2018, however I used to be in a foreign country at the moment so I did not get the prospect to go to it. Listed here are some pictures from the Viking competition in 2015.

I visited the Ingólfshátíð Viking competition for the primary time in 2019 when it was held on the thirteenth of July at Hljómskálagarður park by Reykjavík pond within the centre of Reykjavík. These pictures have been taken on that event when the Vikings have been about to kidnap me for the day 😉 Helgi Hamrammi (in crimson) is the chief of Einherjar.

Regína with Vikings at the Viking club Einherjar in Reykjavík

Surrounded by Vikings – Helgi Hamrammi to the fitting and the Viking Tómas to the left

The Einherjar Vikings additionally appeared on the seventeenth of June and on Tradition Night time on the twenty fourth of August. These 3 actions are sponsored by the Metropolis of Reykjavík and are referred to as Landnámsmenning 2019.

Learn extra about it and see a photograph of their former chief, the late Gunnar Víking, on Grapevine and on Reykjavik.com. You may as well comply with them on Fb to see the dates for the subsequent Ingólfshátíð competition.

Tradition Night time in Hljómskálagarður ParkVikings from the Viking club Rimmugýgur in Iceland

The Viking Helgi from Rimmugýgur wanting fierce

Reykjavík’s annual Tradition Night time is held on the third weekend of August with numerous festivities. Final 12 months Rimmugýgur Viking membership arrange camp by Tjörnin, Reykjavík’s pond in a nook by Hljómskálagarður park.

There they bought their Viking items, horns, and leatherware in tents within the park. And Viking battles have been fought. I walked round within the market taking pictures and greeting the Vikings, as by now I’ve come to know a few of them.

Vikings from the Viking club Rimmugýgur in Iceland

The Viking Guðmann from Rimmugýgur

Right here I discovered Guðmann, the proprietor of Mink Viking Portrait, who took superior Viking pictures of me not too long ago, which you’ll be able to see additional down in my travel-blog. Aside from taking superior Viking portraits, he makes some lovely handcrafted Viking items. 

The gorgeous horns are made by the proficient Viking Sigurbogi at Ratatöskur. Aren’t they stunning?

The Viking market in Iceland

Lovely Viking horns

I made a decision then that it was about time to write down a travel-blog on the Viking actions in Iceland in order that I may introduce to you the Vikings and the place you would possibly run into them.

As I’m certain that many individuals, who would like to see a Viking battle and go to a Viking market, by no means knew that there was a Viking market by the Pond downtown Reykjavík on Tradition evening
Regína with Hafsteinn the leader of the Viking club Rimmugýgur in Iceland

With Hafsteinn from Rimmugýgur

So I requested to be launched to the president of the Rimmugýgur Viking membership, Hafsteinn “the mighty”.

He was busy, seeing that the market and Viking battle have been on, however I obtained a photograph with him to make use of for this travel-blog.

The Icelandic Vikings - a List of Viking Activities in Iceland today which I have joinedJökull Tandri the president of Rimmugýgur set the Viking competition in 2022

Jökull Tandri is now (2022) the president of Rimmugýgur. 

In 2022 the Vikings have been in entrance of Þjóðminjasafnið – the Nationwide Museum of Iceland on Tradition evening, and in Aðalstræti, Reykjavík’s oldest road.

Gásir – Medieval DaysVikings from the Viking club Rimmugýgur in Iceland

Vikings at Gásir

A 4-day Viking competition is held at Gásir in Eyjafjörður in North Iceland on the third weekend in July annually, referred to as the Medieval Days. There the medieval buying and selling place at Gásir is recreated.

The villagers costume up in medieval costumes and appear like actual individuals from the Center Ages, particularly in these settings.

On the Medieval Days, you’ll witness a sword battle and a reenactment with scenes from the previous buying and selling submit at Gásir. Many members of the Viking membership Rimmugýgur participate within the Medieval Days.

Gásar Viking festival up in North-Iceland

The market on the competition at Gásir

Right here you possibly can stroll across the Viking market and purchase handmade crafts and meals and check out archery or chop wooden with an axe. It’s so a lot enjoyable, do not miss it if you’re travelling up north on the third weekend of July.

I’ve written a travel-blog about my go to to Gásir, with way more info and pictures.

The Viking Village and Fjörukráin Viking RestaurantThe Viking village in Iceland

Fjörukráin on the Viking Vilage

I take all of my international company to dinner at Fjörukráin Viking restaurant within the Viking village. I simply love the environment, and at all times really feel like I’ve entered a fantasy world, after I enter the Viking restaurant, regardless of how typically I go to it 🙂

Fjörukráin is situated within the second oldest home in Hafnarfjörður city, courting again to 1841. My ancestor, Bjarni Sívertsen, who has been named the Father of Hafnarfjörður, constructed the oldest homes on this lovely city, which is known as the City within the Lava.

You’ll love your go to to the Viking restaurant, it’s on two flooring and ever so ornate – do even have a peek upstairs to see the remaining eating rooms. We at all times take our international company on a guided tour of the premises 🙂

The Viking village in Iceland

Fjörukráin on the Viking Village

The employees is wearing Viking garments and generally you’ll get stay music when singing and taking part in Vikings stroll from desk to desk. You would possibly even be fortunate sufficient to witness a Viking ceremony on the restaurant. I’ve twice witnessed that – an inauguration of some type.

I’ve written a particular travel-blog about the Viking Village and my many visits to the Viking restaurant.

To guide a desk contact reserving@vikingvillage.is.

The Viking Resort on the Viking VillageThe Viking Village in Iceland

Resort Viking on the Viking Village

I stayed for one evening at Resort Viking on the Viking Village in Hafnarfjörður city. Seeing that I take all my international company to dinner on the Viking Village I’ve typically been requested in regards to the lodge, so I used to be blissful after I obtained the prospect to remain there.

We obtained a stupendous en-suite room with a northwest view of the harbour and the Viking Village. The furnishings was rustic Viking type. All the pieces was excellent, the mattress was so cozy with luxurious linen and a really smooth cover. 

Every ground has a particular theme and throughout you will note Viking furnishings and decorations. The breakfast restaurant was particularly ornamental. You’ll find it irresistible if you’re into Viking themes.

The Viking village in Iceland

Resort Viking on the Viking Village

There are 42 en-suite rooms on the Viking lodge. And seeing that it has develop into very talked-about staying there 14 Viking cottages, all of them en-suite, have been added subsequent to the Viking restaurant.

Right here you possibly can see what my keep was like on the pretty Resort Viking.

Do take a look at the Viking Village – I find it irresistible!

Ingólfsskáli Longhouse – a Viking restaurantIngólfsskáli Longhouse - a Viking restaurant

Ingólfsskáli Longhouse – a Viking restaurant

You can see one other Viking restaurant in South Iceland, hidden away from ring-road 1 proper between the cities Hveragerði and Selfoss.

It’s referred to as Ingólfsskáli and is a turf longhouse, named after Iceland’s first settler Ingólfur Arnarson, who spent a winter by Mt. Ingólfsfjall on his manner west the place he settled land and named it Reykjavík.

Ingólfsskáli Longhouse - a Viking restaurant

Photograph courtesy of Ingólfsskáli

Ingólfsskáli was inbuilt 1998 and was rebuilt after struggling structural damages within the huge doublet earthquake in 2008.

Ingólfsskáli has primarily served teams through the years however has now opened its doorways to particular person company at evening throughout the week. Simply name them forward of time to guide a desk.

Ingólfsskáli is a non-public enterprise of a farmer and his household in honour of our first settler. 

Regína at Ingólfsskáli Longhouse - a Viking restaurant

Ingólfsskáli Longhouse – a Viking restaurant

I not too long ago dined at this pretty Viking restaurant for the primary time. Properly price a go to.

You may examine them out on their homepage Ingólfsskáli.

I’ve written one other travel-blog about Ingólfur and Ingólfsskáli The Viking Settler Ingólfur Arnarson, Mt. Ingólfsfjall, and Ingólfsskáli Turf Longhouse in South-Iceland 

Mink Viking PortraitRegina at Mink Viking portrait

Fierce wanting as a Viking 😉

In Reykjavík metropolis, you’ll discover a skilled studio, Mink Viking Portrait, by Laugavegur, our fundamental procuring road downtown, the place you will get superior Viking pictures of your self.

I’m not a fierce-looking particular person in actuality, however simply take a look at how fierce-looking the photographers at Mink made me 😉

I can hint my ancestry again to the first Viking settlers right here in Iceland in ca 874 AD. However I have not obtained a lot to indicate for my Viking ancestry apart from my genes, as the Viking stuff continues to be buried someplace, or stored at Þjóðminjasafnið – the Nationwide Museum of Iceland.

Regína and Jón at Mink Viking portrait

Having Viking pictures taken with my husband

The proprietor of Mink, Guðmann Þór Bjargmundsson, and the photographer, Gustavo Marcelo Blanco, each of them skilled filmmakers, opened the Viking portrait as they love assembly individuals and needed to present our international company the prospect to satisfy up with locals right here in Iceland and inform them about our Viking ancestry.

I’ve one thing in frequent with them, then 😉 

Guðmann is an energetic member of the Viking membership Rimmugýgur, which I instructed you about right here above, and on the studio, you will get some genuine handmade Viking stuff.

Regína at Mink Viking portrait

Mink Viking pictures – extremely advisable as a memento from Iceland – or simply for us locals to convey out the Viking in us 🙂

The Viking photograph session takes about an hour or so for a single particular person, and as much as two hours if you would like a family- or a bunch photograph. Enable a while for turning into the Viking-style garments and modeling for the photographer. You then get to decide on 6 pictures to take house with you.

I’ve written a particular travel-blog Unleash your Inside Viking Warrior with a Skilled Viking Portrait in Reykjavík about the photograph session I had with Mink.

The Icelandic Sagas – the Biggest Hits in 75 MinutesRegína at The Icelandic Sagas - the Greatest Hits in 75 Minutes

Dressed up with the actors of the play

Seeing that I’m endlessly searching for some Viking stuff to introduce to you, then I used to be very blissful to listen to a few new Viking Saga comedy present at our live performance corridor Harpa. The present is in English and is named the Icelandic Sagas – the Biggest Hits in 75 minutes! 

The present is described on their web site as being “a comedy theatre curler coaster journey via all 40 of the epic Icelandic Sagas” – and that completely sums up the expertise.

I’ve seen this present twice and completely beloved it – it’s a farce and really humorous and issues occur actually quick, so you must have your wits about you following it. The actors have 75 minutes to introduce the highlights of the 40 Icelandic Sagas to us, and I laughed for your entire 75 minutes 😉

The Icelandic Sagas - the Greatest Hits in 75 Minutes

The Icelandic Sagas – the Biggest Hits in 75 Minutes

The primary consideration although was placed on the best-known Sagas, the Saga of Egill, the Saga of Grettir, Laxdæla Saga, and the Queen of the Icelandic Sagas the Saga of Njáll. I’d advocate that you just go to the Saga Museum before you see the present to get acquainted with the characters of the Icelandic Sagas.

I’ve written a particular travel-blog – a Hilarious Comedy Present on the Icelandic Sagas in Harpa Live performance Corridor in Reykjavík about my go to to this present.

Sail like a VikingA replica of a Viking ship in Iceland

The Viking ship

One of many Viking actions in Iceland is to go crusing on a Viking ship across the fjord at Þingeyri within the Westfjords of Iceland. This Viking ship is a reproduction of the genuine Viking ship, Gokstad ship, which was constructed ca 890 AD and is on show in Bygdö in Oslo, Norway.

As was customary within the olden days a horn was blown upon leaving the harbour. The Viking information instructed us in regards to the Vikings and their ships – how they sailed to Iceland and what crusing strategies they used for these lengthy journeys – and the several types of Viking ships – knarr and longship.

Our information additionally instructed us some tales from the previous Viking Sagas – it was all in all a really informative tour.

Regína on a A replica of a Viking ship in Iceland

Blowing the horn on the Viking ship

The Viking ship can accommodate 12 and the crew, which consists of two Vikings.

I wrote a particular travel-blog about my tour on the Viking ship when it used to sail from the previous harbour. However they, sadly, stopped crusing from Reykjavík harbour now.

From the summer time of 2018, the Viking ship will sail from Þingeyri within the Westfjords as an alternative of Reykjavík harbour.

The Nationwide Museum of IcelandAuthentic Viking Swords at the National museum of Iceland

Actual Viking swords on the Nationwide Museum

At Þjóðminjasafn Íslands – the Nationwide Museum of Iceland you will note a few of Iceland’s Viking treasures, amongst them the Viking swords in my pictures. Proudly owning a Viking sword was one thing solely rich and highly effective Vikings may do – it was a standing image. 21 Viking swords have been present in Iceland via the years in comparison with 3,000 Viking swords in Norway!

14 of the Viking swords have been found in pagan graves (kuml) and nearly all of the Icelandic Viking swords date again to the Ninth-Tenth century.

One Viking sword was found by probability in 2016 by two goose-hunters in South-East Iceland. And one other Viking sword was present in June 2017 at Dysnes in Eyjafjörður in North Iceland. Take a look on the video when the archaeologists dug out the very fragile Viking sword.

Authentic Viking Swords at the National museum of Iceland

Authentic Viking swords on the Nationwide Museum in Reykjavík

Viking swords from the 13-14th century. The Viking sword to the left was found at Skjaldbreiður and dates again to 1250-1300 Sarpur  The Viking sword to the fitting was found at Skógar in Fnjóskadalur and dates again to 1300-1400 Sarpur

It looks as if spears have been the principle weapons of Icelanders again then. So we cherish all of the Viking swords we discover right here in Iceland. 

Verify them out at Þjóðminjasafnið – the Nationwide Museum of Iceland. Additionally take a look at the Reykjavík Metropolis Card, which provides you entry to many museums and galleries, together with the Nationwide Museum.

The Saga MuseumThe Saga Museum in Reykjavík

Hallveig and Ingólfur – the primary settlers in Iceland

The Saga Museum is a must-visit in the event you fancy studying extra in regards to the Vikings. Right here the Vikings are dropped at life – you’ll encounter full-size, very realistic-looking silicone figures totally wearing Viking garments, hand-dyed in response to the previous custom.

The traditionally appropriate settings present essentially the most well-known settlers of Iceland and well-known historic figures in defining moments of their life. The weapons the “Vikings” are carrying have been constructed utilizing conventional strategies.

The Saga Museum in ReykjavíkMelkorka with Ólafur pá – from the Laxdæla Saga

On the museum, you will note a recreation of the historical past of the Vikings from the Settlement of Iceland. Right here you’ll meet Iceland’s first settler, Ingólfur Arnarson, and his spouse Hallveig Fróðadóttir, who settled Iceland in across the 12 months 874, Leif the Fortunate, who found America, and Skalla-Grímur Kveldúlfsson, who settled Borgarnes, and plenty of extra historic figures.

In my photograph above you will note the Irish princess Melkorka together with her son, however she was introduced as a slave to Iceland and pretended to be mute. You may examine her in Laxdæla Saga.

The Icelandic Vikings - a List of Viking Activities in Iceland today which I have joinedLeif the Fortunate on the Saga Museum

Right here you’ll meet Snorri Sturluson, the nice Chieftain and historian, get to know in regards to the results of the horrible Black loss of life on the Icelandic nation, and see essentially the most disturbing sight of one of many nuns from Kirkjubæjarklaustur being burnt at the stake.

After your go to to the Saga Museum, you possibly can watch a brief documentary on the making of the “Vikings” on the Saga Museum. Very informative.

Regína at the Saga museum in Reykjavík

With my husband on the Saga Museum

And do strive on the Viking garments and weapons – it makes for photograph. The chain armour my husband is sporting weighs a tonne, it’s past me how the Vikings have been ready to enter battle sporting such armour.

Verify them out at Saga Museum in Reykjavík.

The Settlement Exhibition Reykjavík 871±2The Settlement Exhibition Reykjavík 871±2

The Settlement Exhibition Reykjavík 871±2

Again in 2001 stays of a longhouse from the Viking Settlement age have been unearthed throughout constructing work on the south finish nook of Aðalstræti, the oldest road in Reykjavík.

These are a few of the oldest stays to be found in Reykjavík and a museum has been constructed across the stays.

They have been truly constructing a lodge right here and needed to cease the work as a consequence of this extraordinary longhouse. A call was made to construct a museum across the longhouse and the lodge on prime of it.

The Settlement Exhibition Reykjavík 871±2

The Settlement Exhibition Reykjavík 871±2

On the museum, you will note the open excavations of the longhouse and discover artefacts on show, which have been unearthed on this website. Right here you’ll f.ex. see the oldest fragment of a glass consuming vessel discovered from the Viking Age in Iceland!

The museum makes use of interactive expertise – and kudos to them for the thought of including lit-up pictures throughout the longhouse of what Reykjavík was like at the time the settlers arrived – and on the identical time they present the view from the longhouse.

For those who take a look at the photographs then you will note that on occasion white figures of individuals pop up. I like this concept.

The Settlement Exhibition Reykjavík 871±2

The Settlement Exhibition Reykjavík 871±2

The title of the museum stems from the idea that Ingólfur Arnarson, the primary settler, arrived in 874 in Iceland.

Now it has been found that he may need arrived a few years earlier, so the Settlement Exhibition 871 +/-2 means to present or take a number of years.

Verify them out at Settlement Exhibition 871 +/-2.

The Settlement Centre in Borgarnes CityThe Settlement Centre in Borgarnes Town

The Settlement Centre in Borgarnes City

You can see a wonderful exhibition in Borgarnes city, referred to as Landnámssetrið – Settlement Centre – the place you’ll get to know all about Egill Skallagrímsson (910-990), the hero of Egilssaga – the Saga of Egill.

Egil’s father, Skalla-Grímur Kveldúlfsson was the settler of this space and round Borgarnes and in Borgarfjörður, you will note 9 cairns, which the proprietor of the Settlement Centre has erected in a number of historic areas of the Saga of Egill.

The Settlement Centre in Borgarnes Town

The Settlement Centre in Borgarnes City

There are two exhibitions on the Settlement Centre – the Exhibition on the Viking Egill and an exhibition on the Settlement of Iceland in ca 874 till the Vikings established the previous Viking Parliament Alþingi in 930 at Þingvellir.

I’ve written a particular travel-blog about the Saga of the Viking Egill Skallagrímsson, the Settlement Centre & the 9 Cairns in West Iceland with info on methods to discover the 9 cairns.

Verify them out at Landnámssetrið – Settlement Centre.

Snorrastofa at Reykholt – an Exhibition on Snorri SturlusonReykholt Snorri Sturluson

Reykholtskirkjur church buildings

At Reykholt in West Iceland, you can see the previous house of what I prefer to name essentially the most influential Icelander, the nice Chieftain and historian, Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241).

An exhibition on Snorri has been opened at Reykholt, referred to as Snorrastofa, the place you will get to know all about this nice man in Iceland’s historical past. 

The Icelandic Vikings - a List of Viking Activities in Iceland today which I have joinedSnorri Sturluson as depicted on the Saga Museum

Snorri was our best-known Saga author – he was the creator of the historical past of the Norwegian Kings, Heimskringla and Snorra-Edda, the place he wrote about Nordic mythology and poetry.

He’s additionally more than likely the author of the Saga of Egill Skallagrímsson, which I instructed you about right here above.

Snorri was essentially the most highly effective man in Iceland throughout the Sturlung Age in Iceland and one of many richest males in Iceland.

Regína at Snorrastofa museum at Reykholt West Iceland

With Sigrún Þormar at Snorrastofa exhibition

You will get a wonderful guided tour of the Snorrastofa exhibition by the very educated Sigrún Þormar, the challenge chief of Snorrastofa. She is a co-blogger right here on Information to Iceland and has written many a good weblog on Reykholt and Snorri.

I’ve written a particular travel-blog about Reykholt and Snorri: The Historic Reykholt in West-Iceland & Snorri Sturluson – essentially the most influential Icelander.

Sigrún was gracious sufficient to permit me to remain for two days at the old fashioned constructing at Reykholt and gave me entry to Snorrastofa in order that I may write my travel-blog 🙂

Verify them out at Snorrastofa at Reykholt.

Saga Musica – the Icelandic Viking Sagas portrayed in Songs Saga Musica - the Icelandic Viking Sagas portrayed in Songs 

Saga Musica – the Icelandic Viking Sagas portrayed in Songs 

In Reykjavík metropolis and Eyrarbakki village, you possibly can attend the Saga Musica, the place you possibly can hearken to a stupendous live performance on the Icelandic Viking Sagas carried out by very proficient musicians. I’ve attended this live performance twice and completely adore it. The present is obtainable for pre-booked teams.

The Icelandic Sagas, which have been written again in across the thirteenth century, give us an perception into the Saga Age within the Ninth -Eleventh century and what the Vikings have been as much as again then. They’re tales of the lust for energy, honour and revenge, love, and betrayal amongst the Vikings.

Valgeir Guðjónsson musician

The very proficient Valgeir Guðjónsson

Valgeir Guðjónsson, who’s a family title in Iceland, and his spouse, Ásta Krist´rún Ragnarsdóttir, are the auteur and producers of this wonderful present. Valgeir is well-known for being a member of the favored band Stuðmenn.

I’ve written a particular travel-blog about my go to to the Saga Musica present, the place I let you know much more in regards to the present and Valgeir and Ásta.

Víkingaheimar – Viking World in Reykjanesbær & the Viking Ship IcelanderVíkingaheimar - Viking World in Reykjanesbær & the Viking Ship Icelander

The large Viking sword

An enlarged reproduction (7 m excessive) of the Viking sword Kaldárhöfðasverð, which was discovered by Lake Úlfljótsvatn in 1946. It’s believed up to now again to the Tenth century

In Reykjanesbær in SW-Iceland we have now a Viking museum referred to as Víkingaheimar – the Viking Worlds. At the museum, you can see an actual reproduction of a Viking ship, however these sorts of Viking ships have been actually fashionable again in 900 +/-.

The Viking ship is named Íslendingur – Icelander and was inbuilt 1994-1996 by Gunnar Marel Eggertsson, who constructed it as near how the actual Vikings constructed their ships as he presumably may, and even used the identical instruments as our ancestors used.

Víkingaheimar - Viking World in Reykjanesbær & the Viking Ship Icelander

Photograph taken again in 2008 when the Viking ship Íslendingur was situated outdoors by Stekkjarkot turf home

In 1982 the Norwegians found a Viking ship in Gokstad, Norway, and the Icelander is an actual reproduction of that ship, so it’s fairly correct. The Icelander is 23 metres lengthy and 5.25 metres large and weighs some 18 tonnes of wooden! Simply think about what number of timber it took to construct a ship like this! 

These ships have been very costly and solely the very wealthy may afford to construct a Viking ship. When the wealthy Vikings died it was frequent for them to be buried with their ship.

Víkingaheimar - Viking World in Reykjanesbær & the Viking Ship Icelander

Víkingaheimar – Viking World & the Viking Ship Icelander

In 2000 Gunnar and his crew (9) sailed the Icelander to Greenland and from there to North America, the identical route as Leifur Eiríksson, the Viking who found America, sailed again then. Their voyage took 110 days and so they stopped in 25 ports the place the ship was greeted with a ceremony in every port!

Till 2009 the Viking ship Icelander stood outdoors by the previous workingman’s turf cottage Stekkjarkot, which you’ll discover in your technique to the museum. 

Hrafna-Flóki in ReykjanesbærA statue of Hrafna-Flóki by the museum Víkingaheimar

When in Njarðvík (5 km from the worldwide airport) flip left by the massive Viking sword and left once more if you attain the ocean. The title of the road is Víkingabraut 1 – Viking road no. 1.

Verify them out at Víkingaheimar – Viking World.

Skálinn at Þingeyri Village – a Journey to the PreviousRegína at Viking Skálinn in Þingeyri Westfjords

At Skálinn in Þingeyri Village 

A family-run Viking exercise opened in the summertime of 2017 at Þingeyri within the Westfjords of Iceland. It’s referred to as Skálinn – the Hut – referring to the previous Viking habitations.

At Skálinn you’ll be invited on a journey to the previous, the place you’ll expertise the settlement interval and get to know from the proprietors Borgný and Þórir Örn how the Vikings lived, dressed and what they ate.

 Step inside and check out the previous Viking desk weaving and needle binding.

Skálinn at Þingeyri Village - a Journey to the Past

Dressed up in Viking garments at Skálinn

Right here you possibly can bake Viking bread over an open hearth, costume up in handmade Viking garments and even check out the Viking weapons, which makes for photograph to take again house 🙂

Þingeyri has robust ties to their Viking heritage and a Viking membership has been energetic for round 15 years on this location, Víkingar Vestfjarða or the Westfjord Vikings.
By Skálinn Viking theme Þingeyri Westfjorfds

Skálinn at Þingeyri

The Viking ship, which sailed from the previous Reykjavík harbour, belongs to Þingeyri and is now crusing in Dýrafjörður fjord up within the Westfjords of Iceland.

The Viking membership constructed a Viking space at Oddinn by the seashore in Þingeyri, the place Viking actions can happen.

Verify them out on Fb.

Grundarfjörður – preventing VikingsGrundarfjörður - fighting Vikings

Vikings from the Viking membership Glæsir

On a number of events have I seen preventing Vikings in Grundarfjörður – or ought to I say a re-enactment of a Viking battle.

A small Viking village has been constructed proper by the principle street reverse the data centre and through festivals and different festive events you would possibly catch a glimpse of the Vikings preventing.

They belong to the Viking group Glæsir, which is a sister membership of Rymmugýgur.

Vikings from the Viking club Glæsir in Grundarfjörður

Vikings from the Viking membership Glæsir 

I often go to Grundarfjörður throughout their city competition Á góðri stundu, which is held on the final weekend in July, so I’ve been fortunate sufficient to see the native Vikings of my grandfather’s village preventing on the street.

Grundarfjörður is best-known for Mt. Kirkjufell, essentially the most photographed mountain in Iceland, and Kirkjufellsfossar waterfalls.

The reconstructed Saga-Age Farm in ÞjórsárdalurThe reconstructed Saga-Age Farm in Þjórsárdalur

The reconstructed Þjóðveldisbærinn – Commonwealth Farm

In Þjórsárdalur valley upcountry in South Iceland, you can see the ruins of a Viking settler’s farmhouse Stöng. In one other location shut by a really attention-grabbing reconstruction of the medieval farmhouse is to be discovered, referred to as, Þjóðveldisbærinn – Commonwealth Farm.

At Þjóðveldisbærinn, which was erected in 1974-1977, on the 1100-year anniversary of Icelandic settlement, you’ll really feel like you have got stepped again in time for a go to to the Viking age. In the midst of the principle corridor a longfire burns. Right here the Vikings ate, instructed tales, labored, and rested.

Final time I visited the longhouse I obtained to decorate up in Viking garments and have my photograph taken, because the reconstructed Saga-age farm is giving their guests the chance to be extra interactive.

Regína at the The reconstructed Þjóðveldisbærinn - Commonwealth Farm

Dressing up for a photograph at Þjóðveldisbærinn

Within the 12 months 2000, a small Viking-age church was erected subsequent to Þjóðveldisbærinn. The turf stave church is a reproduction of the church excavated by the farm at Stöng. The turf home and turf church mix in completely with nature and are even exhausting to identify from above, and also you would possibly even miss them in the event you did not know what to search for.

On the situation of Þjóðveldisbærinn Sport of Thrones shot considered one of their scenes. When you have watched this sequence you’ll bear in mind the Wildlings killing all of the inhabitants of the farm, other than a small boy, which they used as a messenger.

The reconstructed Þjóðveldisbærinn - Commonwealth Farm

The reproduction of a turf church at Þjóðveldisbærinn

The Saga-age farm is open every day within the summertime from June 1st till August thirty first. Simply comply with the signal Þjóðveldisbærinn 😉

I’ve written a travel-blog about Stöng and Þjóðveldisbærinn farm Stöng – Ruins of a Actual Viking Settlement Manor and the Reconstructed Saga-Age Farm in Iceland

Eiríksstaðir Viking Lengthy HomeEiríksstaðir Viking longhouse in West-Iceland


One of many locations in Iceland which makes me really feel like I’ve stepped again to the Settlement age is Eiríksstaðir, the place a reconstruction of Eirík the Crimson’s Viking longhouse has been constructed. 

Right here Leifur heppni – Leif the Fortunate (approx. 980 – 1020), the son of Eirík the Crimson and his spouse Þjóðhildur, was born. Leif is finest recognized for being the primary European to find America. 

Regína dressing up at Eiríksstaðir West-Iceland

I additionally obtained to decorate up for a photograph at Eiríksstaðir

Eiríksstaðir is a museum the place you possibly can see what the Viking homes appeared like. This cute little Viking longhouse was constructed with the remake of previous Viking instruments, so it’s fairly genuine.

You may sit by the longfire and hearken to the information inform tales in regards to the lives of the Vikings, who lived at Eiríksstaðir within the previous occasions when Iceland was being settled. And check out some cool Viking stuff!

I’ve written a travel-blog about Eiríksstaðir Lengthy Home in West Iceland with way more info and pictures.

Verify them out at Eiríksstaðir.

Þórdís the Prophetess at SkagaströndÞórdís the Prophetess at Skagaströnd

At Spákonuhof

There’s yet one more attention-grabbing exhibition – about Þórdís the Prophetess in Skagaströnd in North Iceland. It’s an attention-grabbing exhibition on a prophetess in Iceland within the Tenth century.

Right here you will get acquainted with Þórdís, however her story is instructed in Þjóðsögur Jóns Árnasonar- the Assortment of Folklore of Jón Árnason, which I check with typically in my travel-blog. Jón Árnason was born near Skagaströnd.

On the exhibition, Spákonuhof, you will note all types of prophecy strategies utilized in Iceland at the moment – runes, studying of guts, palm studying, fortune-telling, the studying in espresso mugs, palms, playing cards, and so forth. And right here you will get your personal studying.

Þórdís the Prophetess at Skagaströnd

At Spákonuhof

I’ve written a travel-blog about my go to to Spákonuhof, the place I additionally obtained a really correct studying.

Verify them out at Spákonuhof Skagaströnd.

You may as well be a part of the Guided 12-Hour Cultural Tour via the Historical past of Vikings & the Sagas which is the one Viking tour I’ve been capable of finding. I joined it and wrote a travel-blog about my expertise: The Vikings and the Sagas – a enjoyable and academic tour of South Iceland,

Regína on a guided Viking tour in Iceland

On a guided Viking tour in Iceland

On this travel-blog, I solely add Viking actions, museums, and exhibitions, however there are numerous Viking areas and ruins, which you’ll be able to go to in your travels in my nation. I’ve written travel-blogs about some of them:

Hofsstaðir in Garðabær City – a Viking Settlement Age Farm in South-West Iceland

The Historic Hjörleifshöfði Promontory in South-Iceland – Half I – the Blood Brothers Ingólfur and Hjörleifur

Borgarvirki Fortress in North-West Iceland – was it a Viking Fortress?

Stöng – Ruins of a Actual Viking Settlement Manor

The Lair of the Viking Grettir the Sturdy in Öxarnúpur in North-East Iceland

I’ve additionally written one other travel-blog about Viking Ruins and Burial Mounds I’ve visited on my Travels in Iceland – which is a listing of all of the archaeological websites and burial mounds, I’ve visited in Iceland.

The Viking market in Hafnarfjörður

The Viking market on the Viking Village

Additionally go to crucial Viking website in Iceland – Þingvellir nationwide park, the place the Vikings established a parliament again in 930.

Least I neglect the Viking Clap, which you’ll be able to see within the video under, which I borrowed from YouTube. I’m someplace within the crowd of Icelanders collaborating within the Viking Clap.


I hope that this record of Viking actions, museums, and exhibitions makes it simpler so that you can journey in Iceland Viking type. What’s missing on this record is Ásatrú – the idea within the previous Nordic gods, however you possibly can see the initiation of the Viking Competition additional up on this travel-blog of mine.

And I’ve been a visitor at one Ásatrú initiation, the equal of affirmation in Christianity in Hrafn Gunnlaugsson’s house, however he’s my husband’s second cousin.

If I discover any extra Viking “stuff” to do in my nation I’ll add it to this record. Or in the event you discover extra Viking “stuff” please let me know 🙂

The sign of the drunken Viking at the Viking village

The Drunken Viking on the Viking Village

You may learn extra in regards to the Vikings within the article Vikings and Norse Gods in Iceland.

Have a beautiful time in Iceland 🙂



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