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Viking World Opens in Iceland

By Iceland Review

A new museum, Viking World (Víkingaheimar) opened in Njardvík in southwest Iceland, close to the International Keflavík Airtport, this week. It is home to the Viking ship The Icelander (Íslendingur), a replica of the Viking ship Gokstad from around 890 AD.

Photo by Kremena Nikolova-Fontain.

The Icelander was built by captain Gunnar Marel Eggertsson, who then sailed from Icelaned to New York in 2000 to commemorate Leifur Eirkísson’s discovery of America one millenium earlier.

Viking World is also home to the exhibition “The North Atlantic Viking Saga,” originally shown at the Smithsonian Institution during the summer of 2000, then traveling to six other cities in North America.

This exhibition, just as The Icelander’s voyage, commemorated the millennium anniversary of the Viking discovery of North America, shedding light on the latest scholarly research into the Norse settlement and explorations of unknown lands, as explained on the museum’s website.

Viking World is open daily from 11 am to 6 pm.

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