WORLDS OF MAGIC & MYTHOLOGY
Take a trip into other worlds at the Edduveröld Exhibition in Borgarnes
Norse mythology is one of the most fantastic legacies of the ancient Nordic heritage of which Iceland is an integral part. Edduveröld – Edda’s World – offers local and foreign visitors alike an accessible glimpse into this hitherto largely hidden heritage with a model and a professionally made audio guide available in a number of languages.
Norse Mythology in Borgarnes
Several large size wall hangings with images from the Norse mythology make up this unique exhibition. The centre piece is a 25m2 model of the ancient world designed by artist and visionary Haukur Halldórsson, whose ambition is to build a life-size amusement park like the one seen in the model. Visitors can enjoy a 20 minute audio guide commentary in English, German, Norwegian or Icelandic for adults and in Icelandic for children.
Edduveröld Exhibition is owned and operated by Erla Jónsdóttir and Guðrún Kristjánsdóttir from Borgarnes. “I love the Norse mythology,” says Erla, “The more I read about it, the more I enjoy it. It is possible to view the stories in so many ways and I guess everyone will picture it in his or her own way.”
The source of the Norse heathen mythology was recorded by Christian chieftain and scholar, Snorri Sturluson in the manuscript Snorra Edda in the 13th century. Sturluson happened to live at the Borg farm in Borgarfjörður, only 10 minute drive from the Edduveröld in Borganes, and later at Reykholt which is about 30 minutes from Borgarnes.
Homely restaurant and Coffee House
Edduveröld restaurant offers home-style lunch at an affordable price and an á-la-carte menu in the evening. “We make everything from scratch, so we know exactly what goes into our food and pastries,” says Erla. Mythology plays a big role in the naming of the dishes on the á-la-carte menu. There’s a lamb dish named Óðinn and the fish catch-of-the-day is called Miðgarðsfiskur. More information about the restaurant and its special lunch and dinner offers of the day is available on their website and Facebook.
The restaurant is open from 10 in the morning until 11 at night every night except Fridays and Saturdays when it stays open until 1 am.