Place of the week – The Icelandic Settlement Centre in Borgarnes

The Icelandic Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, West Iceland, is the place of the week. The centre reveals Egils Saga and the Settlement Saga in an entertaining and simple way by leading the visitor into the adventure world of the sagas by audio guides in 14 different languages.




The Egils Saga exhibition describes one of the most colourful of all the saga characters, Egill the son of Skalla-Grimur. Egill was a great poet but also a viking and ribald abroad. The story intertwines battles and love affairs, sorcery and pagan lore.




The Settlement exhibition portrays the first men who set foot in Iceland and how the country was settled up until the Althingi parliament was founded in the year 930. By using the modern technology of multi-media and theatre an attempt is made to give the visitor a sense of how it must have been to set foot in unsettled territory.




The Icelandic Settlement Centre is open all year, for further information see settlementcentre.is

Place of the week – Northern Lights all over Iceland

The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are visible in Iceland from September until April. The best time in the day to see them is around 9 pm till 2 am.
There is a strong connection between the solar winds and the Northern Lights. The lights are caused by the speed of the solar winds, and the direction and magnitude of their magnetic fields.




Many tour operators in Iceland offer mystery evening tours “to hunt for the Northern Lights”. The Northern Lights can only be seen on a clear night.




Photo; South Iceland Marketing Office, Pétursey in South Icaland