Icelandic culture tours
The Icelandic Sagas are renown throughout the world and tourists in Icleand can experience the core of Icelandic culture on one or more of the culture tours available or in an exhibition in one or more of the Icelandic culture centers.
The Saga Centre in Hvolsvöllur was opened in 1997 and the guests are
offered a guided tour through the exhibition on the Njals Saga and the
viking age in iceland. In the heart of the building there is a reconstruction of a medieval hall.
In Borgarnes you can visit the Icelandic Settlement centre exhibition in Borgarnes. And from there it is only a short drive to Reykholt, the home of Snorri Sturluson the most significant Nordic poet and historian of the Middle Ages, and the exhibiton at Snorrastofa
A Saga Tour on the other hand will take you to the settings of the most famous events in Icelandic history such as the national park at Thingvellir or the church of Reykholt. Others feature specific sagas such as Laxdaela or Egils saga where you will be guided through the footsteps of the Viking
warrior and poet Egill Skallagrímsson in Borgarfjordur.
But culture in Iceland is forever evolving, there are many other ways to sample the culture of Iceland. The music of Iceland includes vibrant folk and pop traditions and Harpa, or the Harp, is a concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík, opened on May 4, 2011. The Harpa is where the Icelandic Opera offers its audiences an ambitious and versatile programme, and produces about 2 - 4 operas or other musical events each season. While the majority of singers and artists in its productions are Icelandic, foreign artists are also regular participiants. Well-known artists from Iceland include medieval music group Voces Thules, alternative rock band The Sugarcubes, singers Björk and Emiliana Torrini, jazz-fusion band Mezzoforte and post-rock band Sigur Rós. You may also know Of Monsters And Men.
The visual arts of Iceland are also renowned world wide for their innovation, creativity, and strength. Come explore the passion behind the expression. Iceland's vibrant art scene has made headlines around the world for its edgy, all-encompassing displays and its regular
introduction of bold new artists. Icelandic art is highly valued and the visual arts are constantly available to everyone who travels to Iceland. An stroll around Reykjavik takes you past dozens of galleries, as well as the pensive architecture of Guðjón Samúelsson who designed Hallgrimskirkja, the Museum of Iceland and the main building of the University of Iceland, the color-drenched paintings of Jóhannes Kjarval are hanging in the art museum which bares his name and the bold sculptures of Einar Jónsson are available for all to see in a public garden.
The Bustarfell museum house preserves much history about Iceland and its people. A visit to the Museum at Bustarfell is a journey through the history of farming and changes in lifestyle from the beginning of the 18th century to the mid-20th century.
Gljufrasteinn was the home and workplace of Halldor Laxness (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955) and his family for more than half a century. It has now been opened to the public as a museum, unchanged from when Laxness lived there.
Over a thousand years ago, Viking adventurers discovered a large untouched island in the north Atlantic and claimed the land for their own. A rapid period of settlement ensued and thus the Icelandic nation was born.
The Icelandic Emigration Centre at Hofsos opened in 1996 and the scale of its operations has expanded every year since. All sorts of services are offered on site, including a conference room, library and shop. The souvenir shop is situated in the same place as the old co-operative used to be a fitting continuation of the building's trading tradition.