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The Settlement Center

Brakarbraut 13-15, Borgarnes 310, Iceland
+354 437 1600
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We ran into a lot of traffic on our way to Budir from KEF (!!!!) so we pulled through Borgarnes... read more

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WhoWantsToGo
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Ringwood, New Jersey
Worth the stop

The Settlement Center is well worth the stop if in the area to hear about the Viking sagas, the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
JHChicago2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 2 December 2017

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

Thank Ron R
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

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.

Thank Patrick S
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

Reviewed 18 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.

Thank Deyto
Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 20 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

Reviewed 13 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 20 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

Reviewed 4 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 9 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

Reviewed 4 November 2017

Well worth the time to use the headphones and see the two exhibits offered here. They are inventive and really are folk art. Learning history this way is so much fun. Great for adults and a must for every child.

Thank ellynvb
Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thank you so much for this very generous review. So glad your child/children enjoyed it. Some find the Egils saga a bit scary but obviously not all. Best regards Sigridur Margret

Reviewed 31 October 2017

As we had skipped the Saga Museum in Reykjavik, we found the Settlement Center very informative, and were very pleased we visited and took the audio tour. Recommended.

Thank LindaNZ
Settlement C, Owner at The Settlement Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Thank you so much for your very kind review. Enjoy your stay in West Iceland. Best regards Sigridur Margret

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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
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