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Njalurefill

Hlidarvegur 14, Hvolsvollur 860, Iceland
+354 855 2013
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A unique undertaking

The Njal's saga tapestry tells Njal's saga in a tapestry form using the Bayeux stitch (laid... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2017
bjorn b
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madrid
Read the book

Great to see the pictures of this famous Icelandic Saga and as a result I bought the book and have... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2016
Peter B
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Somerset, United Kingdom
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The Njal's saga tapestry is a new activity in Hvolsvollur where the goal is to sew Njal's saga in a tapestry form using the Bayeux stitch (laid couching work) , a special type of stitch that was used in the Viking age. The Njal's saga tapestry will be around 90 m long and the yarn that is used is an Icelandic woollen yarn, dyed locally using natural herbs. The project was started in Febury 2013 and as of September 2014, 30 metres have been sewn. The plan is that the tapestry will take 4 - 5 years in the making. Possibly the best known tapestry in the world is the Bayeux tapestry in Normandy, France, which is 70 m long. Gunnhildur Edda Kristjansdottir and Christina M. Bengtsson, two local women, had the idea that sewing the Njal's saga in a tapestry form would be an interesting way to introduce the most famous Icelandic saga to a wider audience. They contacted Kristin Ragna Gunnarsdottir, an artist and literary scholar, and she designed the pictures printed on the tapestry for sewing. The sewing takes place at the Icelandic Saga Centre in Hvolsvollur , and once it is completed, the Njal's saga tapestry will be on display there. Anybody can visit the Saga Centre and sew as much or as little as they wish to. People can come to the sewing area, as long as it is open, to see how the sewing is coming along. Visitors that want to take part pay a small amount (1000 ISK) and receive instructions on how to sew this stitch along with the other 2 stitches in the tapestry. They are asked to write their name and what part of the tapestry they sewed in a guestbook that is on display in the same area as the tapestry itself. It is also possible to buy handcraft packs which have pictures from the tapestry itself . All those wishing to make donations to this worthy project are very welcome. All donations are gratefully received! The goal with this tapestry is to create an artwork that has great meaning for the community and for tourism in the Rangarthing Eystra area. This new activity gives tourists and scholars from all over the world, a chance to experience Njal's saga in a different form, whilst surrounded by the saga's scenery.
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19 Jul 2017
“A unique undertaking”
30 Jul 2016
“Read the book”
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Hlidarvegur 14, Hvolsvollur 860, Iceland
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

The Njal's saga tapestry tells Njal's saga in a tapestry form using the Bayeux stitch (laid couching work) , a special type of stitch that was used in the Viking age. The Njal's saga tapestry will be around 90 m long now 60 m are...More

Thank bjorn b
Reviewed 30 July 2016

Great to see the pictures of this famous Icelandic Saga and as a result I bought the book and have thoroughly enjoyed reading it!

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Very good atmosphire and very friendly and kind people working there. We were very welcome and they were so helpful and willing to show us around and very educational

2  Thank Soffía S
Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

It is a great project nicely laid out and anyone can participate. My children took me there to celebrate my 65 th birthday. Several of my grandchildren have also joined us.

2  Thank Birna J
Reviewed 11 February 2016

You can either take part or just stand on the side and view the work taking place into the making of the burnt Njal tapestry. I am honestly suprised that so many individuals have visited this place but have not completed a listing on tripadvisor....More

2  Thank Mustafa V
Reviewed 26 October 2014

Wonderful place to wisit, to take part in the project, or just to take a look. Two local women have started this project to sew 90 m. long tapestry whith pictures from the story of The burnt Njal, the most famous middle age Icelandic story....More

5  Thank Steinunn Osk K
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Julie A
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In the Saga center in Hvolsvöllur.
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