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Vikings to “Invade” Sudurnes Next Summer

The Reykjanesbaer municipality in the Sudurnes region in southwest Iceland plans to open a Viking exhibition as part of the project Víkingaheimar (Viking World) next summer, including Íslendingur, a replica of a genuine Viking ship.

Steinthór Jónsson, managing director of Íslendingur, the association organizing Víkingaheimar, told Fréttabladid that the new Viking museum will be part of a Viking village where entertainment for the entire family will be offered.

“We plan to build various playground equipment out of wooden logs and make a family park where families can come for a day of fun,” Jónsson said, adding that a mini zoo may also be included in the museum with animals which the settlers brought to Iceland.

Jónsson said the aim of the project is not to compete with the Viking festivals in neighboring Hafnarfjördur because Víkingaheimar will have more emphasis on children than Hafnarfjördur does.

A 1,000-square-meter museum site for the Viking exhibition and park is currently under construction. It will also house the ship Íslendingur, which is currently located outdoors.

The estimated cost of the Víkingaheimar project is ISK 500 to 800 million (USD 6 to 10 million, EUR 4 to 6 million).

Although the building will not be complete until next fall, the ship is on display this summer. Master shipbuilder Gunnar Marel Eggertsson, who oversaw construction of Íslendingur, receives visitors to the ship’s current site in Njardvík every day between 1 pm and 4 pm.

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