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Why is nobody mentioning The Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, this award winning cultural centre that is unlike any of it´s kind. It is only one hours drive from Reykjavik a little villager on the west coast called Borgarnes. Boath Lonley Planet and the Rough Guide have praiced the centre. The Lonley Planet: Housed in a wonderful restored warehouse by the harbor in , the new Settlement Centre offers a fascinating insight into the history of Icelandic settlement and the saga era. The museum is divided into two exhibitions one covering the discovery and settlement of the island and the other recounting the adventures and tales of the man behind Egil´s saga. Although it´s expensive, (it is not expencive now) the museum is a wealth of information and gives a wonderful insight into Iceland´s history and a firm context in which to place your Icelandic visit.
Eating: Budarklettur Borgarnes´s best bet for food is this bright and airy restaurant at the Settlement Centre. The large windows stipped wooden floors and modern furniture give it a wonderfully contemporary style, while the menu features a tempting range of lamb, fish, pasta dishes as well as lighter snacks and cakes.
The Rough Guide: There are a couple of museums in town, but far the best is the modern well-designed Settlement Centre of Iceland down at the far end of the Borgarbraut. The museum is in two parts, for each of which you can pay seperately and are giving a recording guiding you around the exhibits. The first section uses interactive models (such as the pneumatically swaying prow of a longship) and audio-visual displays to give an idea of what Iceland´s first settlers would have found when they arrived to carve up the country between them during the Settlement period (about 870-930). But for sheer gothic atmosphere you can´t beat the second exhibition in the basement that illustrates Egil´s Saga, with surreal and often nighmarish figurines, wood carvings and lighting portraying Egil´s violent live - look out for his werewolf grandfather lurking in the shadow and the spooky dioramas of key scenes from the saga.