The Icelanders take pride of their vikings (settlement sagas). In fact, these sagas have been written in numerous books in Iceland since the 1200. Although these sagas have no concrete basis especially on the dates, but they have become one of the primary sources when looking into the Icelandic culture. If you wanted to know how to the first Iceland settlers live, the best way to learn is checking out several Viking shows in the city.
You don’t have to go far in Iceland just to search for the best source of information for these sagas. In Reykjavik, viking shows/exhibits can be found in Reykjavík 871±2 and in Hofsstadir Historic Park Viking Longhouse.
Reykjavík 871±2 is a settlement exhibition created by Reykjavik City Museum. The museum is based on the excavation on the first house in Iceland and as well on several other excavations. Located in Reykjavík old centre (corner of Aðalstræti and Suðurgata), the museum is a great place to check out if you’re keen about learning the lifestyle of the first settlers of the country.
The exhibit was built to showcase the archaeological remains found in Aðalstræti in 2001. It was a wall fragment that was believed to be existing before 871 AD. This wall fragment is considered to be among Iceland’s oldest relics.
What to Expect
There’s so much to learn inside Reykjavík 871±2. Visitors of the museum will feel like they are taken back to the history of the first settlement as advanced computer technology is used to create such atmosphere. Multimedia effects are used to educate visitors regarding the lives of the first settlers of Iceland and as well in presenting the hall and wall fragments from excavation in 2001.
Just like the Reykjavík 871±2, the Hofsstadir Historic Park Viking Longhouse is another venue for viking enthusiasts to learn more about the people during those sagas and their lifestyle. It aims to provide locals and tourists alike regarding Icelandic settlement history.
The site was accidentally discovered while doing construction work in 1986. The remains measure 30m x 8m on the outside and with a floor area of 170 m². It was believed to be a household of a farmer. Other than remains, the area is also home to 300 more excavated items. These include metals like nails, slags, knives, scissors, and the like.
The presentation of the ruins is done through multimedia presentation. This includes a 3D reconstruction of the longhouse and of the unearthed items. Other information found inside it is being presented in an audio-visual form.