A non-profit organization was founded yesterday to establish a living museum in the form of a medieval town at the archeological site Gásir, near Akureyri in northeast Iceland, within the next four years.
Gásir was the main trading location in north Iceland in the Middle Ages and relics from such a site have not been better preserved in any other part of the country, ruv.is reports.
The Gásir project includes improving accessibility to the area, use results of archeological and historical studies to make the medieval town as real as possible and establish a service center for tourists where an extensive exhibition about the project will be on display.
The non-profit organization was founded by the Gásir Association, the Akureyri Museum, the Laufás Society and six municipalities in Eyjafjördur. The project will be headed by Kristín Sóley Björnsdóttir.
The project will cost about ISK 300 million (USD 4.9 million, EUR 3.3 million) and is scheduled for completion in 2012.
Click here to watch an audio slideshow about a medieval market set up at Gásir last summer.