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Reykholt

Type: Vikings Heritage Literature Buildings Festivals Reykholt, 320

Reykholt is one of Iceland’s main historic sites, a cultural centre past and present. Snorri Sturluson, a famous medieval historian, politician and chieftain settled in Reykholt in 1206 and was .....

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In the days of the Old Commonwealth, the valley of the river Þjórsá was grassy and flourishing, but in 1104 the valley was laid waste by a layer of tephra from an eruption of Mt. Hekla.  Sites of m.....

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Skalholt is one of the most historically important locations in Iceland. It was episcopal seat and a centre of culture and education from 1056 - 1797. The restoration of Skalholt began in the mi.....

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Convent at Kirkjubær

Type: Heritage Literature Nature Klausturvegi 2, 880

In 1186, the Benedictine Convent at Kirkjubæ (now Kirkjubæjarklaustur) was established and it continued to operate until 1554. A folktale tells of disobedient nuns, who for their sins they were sup.....

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The Saga of the Vopnafjörður People takes place mostly in Vopnafjörður from the late 9th to the early 11th century. The saga tells of a power struggle between the clans at Hof and Krossavík: after .....

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An impressive Viking-Age longhouse stood at Hofsstaðir from the Settlement period (AD 870-930) until the twelfth century.  The historic park aims to give an impression of Hofsstaðir at that time.....

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Þingvellir National Park

Type: Buildings Monuments Ruins Þingvellir, 801

The history of Iceland and of the Icelandic nation coincide at Þingvellir, where the Alþingi (national assembly) met each year from 930 until 1798. Many crucial events in Icelandic history took .....

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The Saga of Gísli Súrsson

Type: Saga Trails Events Þingeyri,

The Saga of Gísli takes place mostly in the West Fjords in the late 10th century. It tells the story of warrior Gísli Súrsson and his 13 years of outlawry. The West Vikings association was founded .....

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The regions of Vatnsdalur valley and þing in the district of Austur-Húnavatnssýsla are the settings of the Saga of the Vatnsdalur People. The project on the area of the Saga of the Vatnsdalur Peopl.....

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Sturlung Trail

Type: Monuments Ruins Saga Trails Tours Events Tourist Information Center, 540

Are you interested in seeing the sites of some of the blood-curdling events of the civil war that raged in the Sturlung Age? Learning about the colourful characters and their roles in history? V.....

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Medieval Trading Post

Type: Monuments Festivals Saga Trails Gásir,

Gásir is an important archaeological site. It was the major port/trading centre of north Iceland in the middle ages, and until the sixteenth century, dealing in such costly commodities as sulphu.....

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The Arctic Henge at Raufarhöfn is under construction. The Henge will harness the Midnight Sun at the Arctic Circle. It is inspired by the mythical world of eddic poem Völuspá (Prophecy of the Seere.....

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The Saga of Hrafnkell tells of Hrafnkell Freysgoði (who worshipped the Norse god Freyr), a powerful chieftain who lived at Aðalból in Hrafnkelsdalur valley. When Hrafnkell kills one of his sheph.....

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