The Settlement Centre, Borgarnes
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Like nearby Akranes, the industrial town of Borgarnes in southwest Iceland, is mainly a stop-off for tourists heading north, rather than a holiday destination in its own right, although many Icelanders have summer houses in the surrounding countryside. Borgarnes is best known for The Settlement Centre, a museum featuring twin themes: the settlement of Iceland; and an Egils saga exhibition.
The attraction was opened by Icelandic actor and playwright Kjartan Ragnarsson and his wife in 2006. Visitors are each given an audio guide, with the second display being by far the most interesting with dioramas, art work, and a variety of life-sized figures illustrating tales of Viking folklore. In addition to standard presentations, a couple of open Viking grave recreations are revealed to visitors underneath the glass floor as they follow the numbered route through the exhibition corridor.
The Settlement Centre`s restaurant is shown above. There is a small museum nearby which includes photographic exhibitions on Icelandic children over a century and native bird species.