The Saga Museum Reykjavik highlights important moments in Icelandic history, plus the hardships early settlers had to deal with. Follow the Blue House Blog for more.
Perils of the Past
There are many dangers this island’s people have faced over the years, living on such temperamental land. Some of these include volcanos, avalanches and the plague, which wiped out whole Icelandic communities, and a third of the European population. Some say the depression which blossomed as a result of the plague also put a halt to Icelandic literature which is still felt today. People did not have the means to produce books anymore. This museum highlights all of these issues in detail, offering 17 different exhibitions to observe.
What else does the Saga Museum Reykjavik have to Offer?
Other exhibitions found here include important wars such as the Battle of Orlygsstadir, or one about Sister Katrin, a nun burned at the stake. Sister Katrin was burned before witch-hunting in Iceland was trendy; a hipster if you will. It’s not known whether she was targeted for heresy, slander of the pope, or fornication with men outside her convent. It may have been all three! All of the important figures in these events have been reincarnated through lifelike models. Clothing and weaponry are made to look as they would’ve in the past, through specialist treatment and dyes used by the Musem. There’s also a gift shop on-site to lure in unassuming tourists.
That’s about all, we wouldn’t want to give away too many spoilers. But, before you go, you should know the prices: Adults pay 2500 ISK ($20) children pay 1000 ISK, and students or disabled people pay 2000. More information can be found on their website, and tickets can be booked there. It’s open from 10-17 every day and sits next to the Maritime Museum (so only a 6-minute drive from the Blue house.)
History boffins will enjoy this museum, and the models of Icelandic cultural figures are quite eerie and lifelike. Think Madame Tussaud’s mixed with Game of Thrones.
Which part of this fantastical museum do you think you’d enjoy more? Let us know in the comment section down below.