The Leif Eiríksson Center in Búðardalur
Opening spring 2020!
An exhibition on Nordic settlement in Greenland and the discovery of America long before Christopher Columbus.
The Icelandic sagas; Greenland saga and The Saga of Erik the Red, speak of the settlement of Nordic people in Greenland. They tell the story of Leif’s discovery of America and the first person of European descent born there. Now, more than a thousand years later, archeological studies indicate that these stories seem to be rooted in fact.
The exhibition is on the top floor of an old warehouse in a very beautiful place by the Búðardalur harbor, by Hvammsfjörður off Breiðafjörður bay. The setup of the exhibition is the same as in the renowned Settlement Center in Borgarnes, where visitors walk down walkways in the showroom with an audio guide and the content is brought to life with maps, digital media and artwork by many artists.
The first part of the exhibition shows the topography and archeological studies that prove Nordic settlement in Greenland but the later part details events relating to the discovery and settlement of America, by Nordic people, as they are told in Greenland saga and The Saga of Erik the Red.
The audio guide is available in 5 languages, Icelandic, English, German, French and Norwegian.
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