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The Settlement Centre, Borgarnes

(4.1/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
The two main exhibits at The Settlement Centre cover Viking culture and the first settlements of Iceland. The audio-visual elements of the settlement exhibit give a deeper understanding of what it feels like to journey into unknown lands. In the second exhibit, learn about the life of Egill Skallagrimsson, Iceland's most famous Viking. Visiting this museum can provide a rich context for the rest of your trip to Iceland. Audio guides are available in twelve languages. Arrange your visit to The Settlement Centre and discover more family-friendly attractions in Borgarnes using our Borgarnes vacation generator.
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  • Even if it's not fundamentally exciting, a passage in this centre allows to understand the history of the Iceland. On the other hand, the restaurant is a must for this city.
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  • During our stay in Borgarnes we spent a very informative hour immersed in the saga of Egil, the local hero. All the reviews will tell you the same, that there's 2 tours of 30 minutes with the audio-gu...  more »
  • We visited one evening after enjoying dinner in the restaurant. The two exhibitions are really made by the audio tours provided - without the audio tour there isn't loads to see. The audio tours expla...  more »
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  • Cheap buffet. They had a very hard time refilling the cold, uninspiring pasta for some reason. The staff seemed surprised the costumers actually ate, and kept refilling the trays with sad, sad eyes.
  • Great place with fantastic, affordable food. There's not a lot of choice menu-wise, but that can be nice for people that have a hard time choosing. The service was good but weird. We got bread and water, but before we could eat the bread the main was already there (the main was excellent btw). If that's a good or bad thing you can decide for yourself. When I had finished my main, I wanted some more bread, but it was taken away before I could lift a finger, same goes for my coffee which was halfway empty. Got a rushed feeling which I didn't like.
  • Excellent lunch buffet, and the dinner is among the best in town. The building is rich in history, and one wall is a rock. Yes, a rock. Go for the food and enjoy the rock. :)
  • It can be better, but not much. Some explanations are somehow short, but overall the center gives a good entertainment and info on the Borgarness region. The tour is in many languages, including dutch. Thanks a lot. If you are tempted to take some remindings home, there is a beautifull little shop as well. Real icelandic!
  • I absolutely loved the exhibitions! The saga exhibition is an amazing art installation! Not only you live through a bit of this famous saga, but you admire the beautiful artwork that tells the story. The Settlement exhibition is a must for anyone visiting Iceland to learn details of the first settlers. The museum shop is lovely (if a bit pricey). It's worth every penny, and I'd go back again when the new exhibition being developed is ready.