Saga Centre Focuses on Viking Life & Legends

Museum explains Icelandic sagas where they took place.

P1100191Sagas are stories about early Vikings, their epic voyages, the battles that took place during the voyages, about Viking migration to Iceland and the fierce feuds between Icelandic families. The tales were eventually written in the 13th and 14th centuries by unknown authors. In all, there are 40 narratives about Viking age around the year 1000 AD, tumultuous time when Icelanders forsook their ancient gods in favor of Christianity. It includes the history of the creation of a parliament in 930 AD and the strong role of the women in medieval Iceland.

Viking ships remain part of Iceland's important symbols.
Viking ships remain part of Iceland’s important symbols.

 

Ship models and maps depict the accomplishments of these remarkable seamen.
Ship models and maps depict the accomplishments of these remarkable seamen.

The Saga Centre in the south coast hamlet of Hvolsvöllur, the epicenter of Viking life on the island, is devoted to the  the Njáls Saga, the tale of a 50-year feud — Iceland’s most important literary masterpiece. The center’s “The Exhibition of Njála” covers Iceland’s ancient stories, Viking cosmology and the literary art of the Sagas.

Volunteers stitch a tapestry as epic as the sagas themselves. When completed, it will be 90 meters (some 300 feet) long.
Volunteers stitch a tapestry as epic as the sagas themselves. When completed, it will be 90 meters (some 300 feet) long.
Life-size image of a Viking warrior.
Life-size image of a Viking warrior.

Also, the “Exhibition of Cooperative Society” addresses the history of trade, commerce  and the cooperative movement in Iceland during the 20th century. The museum is at Sögusetrið Hlíðarvegi 16, 860 Hvolsvöllur, Iceland. Tel: +354 487 8781,  +354 618 6143