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The Settlement Center

The Settlement Centre is located in the village of Borgarnes just one hours drive from Reykjavik on road no 1 towards the north.

Exhibitions

In two exhibitons The Settlement Centre tells the Saga of The Settlement of Iceland and Iceland´s most famous viking and first poet Egill Skallagrimsson. It gives the traveler a good foundation for further knowledge when traveling in Iceland. Audio guides in 14 languages: English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Dutch and Icelandic. A complete circuit of each exhibition takes about 30 minutes.

Settlement Exhibition

This exhibition provides an insight into the settlement of Iceland. It tells how the land was discovered, how the Viking sailors conquered the open ocean and why they left their homelands in Norway. It tells of the first men to set foot on the island and how the land was settled up to the establishment of the first parliament in the world, the Althing, at Thingvellir in 930AD. Multi-media and theatrical techniques are employed to help the visitor experience first hand the trepidation and exitement of setting off over the open ocean for lands unknown.

Egil´s Saga Exhibition

This exhibition profiles one of the most colourful of all the saga heroes, Egil, the son of Skalla-Grím Kveldúlfsson. One of the very first settlers, Egil's father arrived from Norway just 10 years after the first land had been claimed. The Saga of this family's pioneering and settlement of the Borgarfjörd region provides a brilliant insight in the tumultuous years of settlement. Egil himself is a larger than life hero, an intriguing combination of violent Viking and sensitive poet. The saga is a complex and vibrant intertwining of battles and love affairs, sorcery and pagan lore.

Restaurant & Café

The restaurant & café offers a selection of soups & starters, vegetarian courses, fish and meat dishes, children's menu, deserts and cakes. Hot beverages, wines and beer.

Shop

The gift shop, Hladhond, offers selection of souvenirs, crafts and design.

Opening hours
All year round 10:00-21:00

Also open on request for groups.

The Settlement Center

Brákarbraut 13-15

GPS Points N64° 32' 8.576" W21° 55' 23.438"
Telephone

437-1600

Opening period All year
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Service Open year round Place of interest Coffe shop Restaurant Handy craft for sale Tourist shop Credit cards accepted Bar

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Others

Sæmundur Sigmundsson Coach Rental
Bus tours
  • Brákarbraut 20
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  • 437-1333, 552-2202
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  • Þórólfsgata 12
  • 310 Borgarnes
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Love Iceland
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  • Fálkaklettur 4
  • 310 Borgarnes
  • 666-8030
Monika Kimpfler
Travel Agency
  • Hrafnkelsstaðir
  • 311 Borgarnes
  • 437-1849
Borgarnes Golf Club
Golf Courses
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  • 310 Borgarnes
  • 437-1663, 437-2000
AuroraCity - Heart of West Iceland
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  • Borgarbraut 61
  • 310 Borgarnes
  • 422-2210

West Iceland

Towns & Villages

The population centres in West Iceland are as varied as they are many. Ten places have over 50 residents and Akranes is the most densely populated with 6,500 inhabitants. 

All of the larger communities put ever-increasing emphasis on dynamic tourism where a wide selection of recreation and services are offered.   

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Map Hellissandur, Rif Grundarfjörður Stykkishólmur Búðardalur Dalir Arnarstapi Hellnar Snæfellsnes Bifröst Húsafell Reykholt Borgarfjörður Hvanneyri Borgarnes Hvalfjörður Akranes Ólafsvík