Tag: Iceland

The Saga Of A Viking Longhouse In Iceland (Documentary)

Mosfellsbær is a small town situated in southwestern Iceland, very close to the country’s capital city, Reykjavík. In the proximity of Mosfellsbær there is a well preserved Norse longhouse that dates back to the Viking Age. This architectural structure proved worthy of research that ultimately determined several aspects of the Norse settlement in early medieval…


The Mystery Behind The Lewis Chessmen: A Possible Icelandic Origin?

According to a recent research on some walrus bones found in Iceland, the precious and reputed Lewis Chessmen that are on display at the British Museum in London and at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh might actually be Icelandic in origin. The Lewis Chessmen represent one of the fewest best preserved chess sets…


Outlaw: The Saga Of Gisli (1981), A Film On Viking Age Iceland

‘Outlaw: The Saga of Gisli’ is an Icelandic historical film released in October, 1981. The film is set in 10th century Iceland (specifically between 940–980) and revolves around a family blood feud in the early medieval Iceland. Based on the actual saga of Gisli (known in Icelandic as ‘Gísla saga Súrssonar‘ – ‘The saga of…


The Viking Sagas (BBC The Viking Sagas Documentary)

During the High Middle Ages, in a relatively remote part of the world, some of the most renowned historical manuscripts of all time were written. As opposed to what contemporary authors wrote about in mainland Europe throughout the Middle Ages (stories about brave knights and princesses for instance), it was in Iceland that the first…


The Gaelic Origins Of The Modern-Day Icelanders

While most of the people with a certain knowledge regarding Iceland would consider that the Icelanders are solely descended from the Norse colonists who settled there during the 9th and 10th centuries, it must be mentioned that their genetic structure is not entirely Scandinavian in origin. The contemporary Icelanders are as such descended from both…