The two main exhibits at The Settlement Center cover Viking culture and the first settlements of Iceland. The audio-visual elements of the settlement exhibit give a deeper understanding of what it feels like to journey into unknown lands. In the second exhibit, learn about the life of Egill Skallagrimsson, Iceland's most famous Viking. Visiting this museum can provide a rich context for the rest of your trip to Iceland. Audio guides are available in twelve languages. Use our Borgarnes online day trip planner to arrange your visit to The Settlement Center and other attractions in Borgarnes.
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The Settlement Center Reviews
Not far outside of Reykjavik, in Borgarnes, is a wonderful little place with a vast amount of Iceland’s history. Definitely worth the side trip to spend a couple of hours and learn of the beginnings a... more »
Enfin un audioguide en Français ! Rien que la prédominance de l'Anglais partout ! C'est un point négatif pour toute l'Islande d'autant plus que le tourisme français en Islande se développe .... Ce mus... more »Finally an audioguide in French! Nothing but the predominance of English everywhere! This is a negative point for all of Iceland especially since the French tourism in Iceland is developing.... This confusing Museum at the start, in an underground labyrinth, is actually fun, informative and original with its wooden characters and its symbols... Colonization of the country and literary saga, a mixture of history and literature, perhaps incomplete for a purist but largely within reach of young people. As for the restaurant, buffet and various dishes we seemed correct. The staff were friendly and attentive. We advise.
Nice and very helpful staff (the road to our next destination was blocked due to weather and the staff here helped us tremendously with their knowledge) and interesting exhibitions. The exhibitions are rather short and you listen to an audio guide the whole time, but quite well made and full of details. The restaurant is also excellent, with a wide choice of food around lunch on the buffet.
People seem to come here just for the cafe. But the Settlement Story is worth a visit too. Well narrated and unusual props. Both the exhibition and the cafe are managed by warm, friendly staff who are very helpful. Recommend.
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