A center for Norse mythology has been established in Idavellir (formerly known as Eden) in Hveragerdi in southwest Iceland. The exhibition “Urdarbrunnur,” on the Norse world image by Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir, and Ingunn Ásdísardóttir, the illustrator and author of the popular children’s book Örlög gudanna, opens in the center today.
The exhibition is the backbone of the Idavellir project and demonstrates the ideology of the Icelandic settlers, their image of the world and of how it was created. “It is described in a modern and unconventional manner,” managing director of Idavellir Gudbrandur Gíslason told Morgunbladid.
“Urdarbrunnur” includes pictures from the main gods of Norse mythology, events described by Snorri Sturluson in Snorra-Edda, the role of each god and his or her destiny. “People should be able to get a pretty clear picture of the main points of this ancient religion in the 15 to 18 minutes that it takes to view the exhibition.”
Idavellir is one of the largest projects in culture-related tourism undertaken in Iceland this year.