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The Saga Museum in Reykjavik

saga1The Saga Museum is a bit kitschy, but still worth visiting to get a deeper understanding of the sagas, the stories of Icelandic history that have been passed down for generations.

The history of Iceland is re-enacted within the museum’s walls by wax figures, which depict scenes like the arrival of the first Icelanders and the conversion to Christianity in 1000 AD. Though the figures aren’t real, the clothing, tools and weapons displayed have been made using the same traditional methods that were used at the time in history that they depict. After wandering through the museum, any visitor will have a comprehensive understanding of the history of life in Iceland.

The museum in located in the Perlan building in Reykjavik. In summer it is open from 10am to 6pm; in winter it is open from 12pm to 5pm. Admission is 1500 ISK for adults.

Photo by Jeffrey Simpson