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Learn more about the Icelandic Saga and Heritage by visiting different museums, cultural centers, and historical sites telling a story about Iceland’s heritage from different angles.

The Cave People
Can you imagine how it is to live in a cave? Well less than 100 years ago a normal Icelandic family did! The Caves have been renovated the way they looked when the last Cave People in Iceland lived there only a Century ago. Join us in a Guided tour in the Caves and their Surroundings and we will bring the story to life with amazing tales about how they lived, their struggles and their happiness. The tour length is 20 minutes and we have a new departure every 30 minutes. Before or after the tour you can relax in our coffee tent for a cup of coffee and some traditional Icelandic treats.
Kirkjubæjarstofa
Exhibition and study centre on the nature, history and culture of the region.
Þórbergssetur
The Þórbergur Centre was established in memory of the famous Icelandic writer Þórbergur Þórðarsson (1888 – 1974), who was born in Hali in Suðursveit. The centre includes a heritage museum and unique exhibitions of the district Sudursveit and the writer Þórbergur Þórðarson, his life and work. The Thorbergur Centre is by road number 1, the Ring Road. only 13 km further east from Jökulsárlón. Open all year round, every day from 8-21.   Our restaurant offers local food from the farm and the Vatnajökull region.
Katla Visitor Center
 In the old heart of Vík, you will find the historical Brydebúð building, housing Katla Visitor Center.  Encounter the geology of Katla UNESCO Global Geopark in the Katla exhibition. Feel the various textures of local minerals including volcanic ash dating back to 1860; and learn about volcanic eruptions in the infamous Katla volcano.  Discover the history of shipwrecks and disasters on the black beaches of South Iceland and get to know the lucky ship Skaftfellingur at Hafnleysa Maritime Museum. Put yourselves in the shoes of fishermen fighting the waves of the harborless south coast.  Learn how best to experience Vík and Mýrdalur region at our information center. Shop local produce and explore Vík by participating in the Vík Treasure Quest or tour the brand new Vík Culture Walk. Maps of the area with all its exciting outdoor opportunities are available here!
Hornafjörður Cultural Center
The Nyheimar building houses an information center, library and the community archives. Internetcafé and various information. There is also cafébar, secondary school, the Hornafjörður University Center etc. Free admission. Cafébar. Please contact for information on opening hours.
Skogar Museum
This museum was founded in 1949. It is situated 150 km east from Reykjavík nearby ring road number 1. The museum was especially known for the curator Þórður Tómasson who has now retired. It is divided into three parts: the folk museum which offers a huge variety of tools and implements used for fishing and farming, as well as artefacts dating back to the viking age. In the rebuilt turf houses in the open-air museum you can catch the atmosphere of times long gone and experience how Icelanders lived through the centuries. The museum of transport, which also houses a souvenir shop and the Skógakaffi cafeteria, tells the story of technology and transportation and its development in Iceland in the 19th and 20th century.  Opening hours all days:June 1st to August 31st:  09.00 - 18.00September 1st to May 31st:  10.00 - 17.00 Please visit us on Facebook herePlease visit us on Instagram here
Skálholt
Skálholtsskóli - the center for education, culture and dialogue of church and society - welcomes individuals and families as well as larger groups of different kinds for a longer or shorter stay all year round, offering housing accomodation and restaurant service.In the summer Skálholt is a much visited place for tourists of many nationalities, some only looking around for a while or staying for a good meal or a cup of coffee in the restaurant. But Skálholtsskóli is also an ideal place for meetings, conferences and similar events during the winter. Skálholt is 93 km from Reykjavík, very close to Geysir, Gullfoss, Thingvellir and other key tourist attractions.We offer excellent facilities for conferences, workshops, retreats and educational and cultural tourism. Full accommodation is provided for up to 44 people in single and double rooms with and without private bath. An adjacent camp within short walking distance (4-5 min.) can accommodate 33 people in simpler housing at lower rates. The dining hall can serve 120 people and offers, among other things, traditional Icelandic food made by recipes from the 12th century.The conference room seats 60-70 people and can be divided into three smaller rooms. Today, Skálholt is visited for the new cathedral, the tomb of bishops, the museum and thirteen century tunnel leading out to the excavations of the old bishopric and school. The Cathedral is also renowned for its Summer Music Festival starting in 1975 and attracting many skilled musicians and lots of music lovers. Besides, many choirs,  Icelandic and foreign visit Skálholt to perform in the Cathedral because of its excellent acoustics and artistic surroundings. The Skálholt Center (Skálholtsskóli) is a cultural and educational center and offers excellent facilities for seminars, conferences and cultural tourism. It is also a place for retreats, sometimes silent, during the peaceful winter time. In the summer it is becoming again a place of pilgrimage with a center of pilgrimage all year round. The Center offers accommodation and food for visitors and tourists.
Höfn – Local Guide
  Experience the here and now  Höfn Local Guide is a locally-owned family business in Höfn in Hornafjörður that operates in the field of Slow-Adventure Tourism. The focus is on nourishing experience through moderate movement in beautiful nature and a peaceful environment.  The fishing village Höfn and its astounding surroundings is an interesting destination close to the Vatnajökull National Park. Dive into the story and culture of this beautiful village in a village walk or take a tour to some of the hidden gems close by with a guide born and raised in Höfn. The guided tours are easy and informative and you can enjoy the magnificent nature and geology of the area on land or on sea.  With Höfn Local Guide you can experience customized hiking tours, yoga, and mindfulness out in the open, kayak paddling, and get to taste some of the area’s local food out in the open.  If you are interested in a conscious experience with nature and your fellow travelers in the foreground, a trip with Höfn Local Guide is something for you. 
Eldheimar
The exhibition focuses on the 1973 volcanic eruption in Vestmannaeyjar, without a doubt one of Iceland´s biggest natural disaster. Visitors get a glimpse into peoples lives on Heimaey before the eruption that would change their lives forever. The people of Heimaey had to leave their homes in the middle of the night and evacuate the island, many of them never saw their homes or any of their belongings ever again. The eruption started in the early hours of January 23rd 1973 on the island of Heimaey, the only inhabited island of the Vestmannaeyjar islands and it lasted for 5 months. Lava and ash destroyed almost 400 homes and businesses, a third of all buildings on Heimaey. While the eruption lasted no one knew if the island would ever be populated again.
Caves of Hella
Twelve man-made caves have been discovered on the land of Ægissíða by Hella on the South coast of Iceland. Four of them have been open to the public. The historical site is Iceland's oldest still standing archaeological remains. Some believe the caves to date even further back than the settlement of the Nordic Vikings.   The wonders of the Caves of Hella include ancient crosses, wall carvings and carved seats. Mystery surrounds the caves and for centuries people have wondered: Are the caves the handiwork of the Celts? Were the caves a place of ancient worship? Caves of Hella offer a great opportunity to explore these historic caves in Iceland. Join us to discover the secrets they hold and experience the magical Underworld of the South. The Caves are located right next to Route 1 (the Ring Road), an approximately hour drive from Reykjavik. 
Icelandic Lava Show
Experience the hot molten lava Icelandic Lava Show in Vík, South Iceland, is the only place in the world where you can safely experience lava up close and personal. Icelandic Lava Show recreates a volcano eruption by melting lava up to 1100 degrees C (2000°F) and pouring it into the showroom where the visitors see the lava flowing, hear it sizzling, and feel the intense heat that radiates from it. Absolutely one-of-a-kind experience. See our video here    
From Coast To Mountains
We are a local family company that has been running trips in southeast Iceland since 1991. Our Summer Special is the popular Ingólfshöfði Puffin Tour. This adventurous journey starts on a tractor drawn hay cart, traveling 6 km across the black sands flats of the southeast coast. Our destination is the isolated headland and nature reserve, Ingólfshöfði, a home of thousands nesting seabirds, including puffins and the great skuas. The historical cape is named after the first settler of Iceland Ingólfur Arnarson, who spent his first winter in Iceland at the cape in 874 AD. For booking and more information, visit www.puffintour.is We also offer Ingólfshöfði Photo Tour, for serious photographers to photograph puffins in early morning couple of times a week in summer. Our Winter special is without a doubt, the Ice Cave Tour. Einar Rúnar Sigurðsson, owner and lead guide of FromCoastToMountains is the pioneer of the ice cave tours in Iceland and has found and named most of the famous ice caves in Vatnajökull glacier. In the wintertime we organize trips to ice caves ranging from short visit to an easily accessible ice cave or ice tunnel during our Ice Cave Tour, to our two day Ice Cave SleepOver Tour to more remote ice cave. For booking and more information, visit www.icecaving.is FromCoastToMountains also organizes various trips in the Vatnajökull region, mostly for individuals and small parties. We offer solutions for people that want to experience the nature and glaciers of southeast Iceland with native mountain guides. If you would like to know more about our different private or small group tours, please visit: www.fromcoasttomountains.com/our-tours Our Latest Adventure is our newest product, Café Vatnajökull in Fagurhólsmýri, which our family opened in 2017. This former local grocery store was the heart of our community for almost 40 years, but was closed for a decade until we bought it and converted it to be the base of our operations. Our Café is an adventure in it self. Here you can meet the locals, see and buy our family products, get fresh Icelandic coffee from and try some of Icelandic special treats. Don´t be a stranger and come to visit us and experience a special atmosphere in the beautiful surrounding of Vatnajökull. Our photos speak more than words, check out our photo gallery on our web site, www.fromcoasttomountains.com/gallery   Tour: Departure: Duration: Ingólfshöfði PuffinTour - Birdwatching and historytrip to Ingólfshöfði nature reserve. From mid May - mid August: every day except Sundays.For more info visit www.PuffinTour.is 2 1/2 hours       Ingólfshöfði PhotoTour - Special departures for serious photographers to Ingólfshöfði. June - August:every day except Sundays. Booking on www.PuffinTour.is For more info visit www.PuffinTour.is 3 hours Ice Cave Tour - A visit to an Ice cave in Vatnajökull. November - March: every day except Sundays.Booking on www.IceCaving.isFor more info visit www.IceCaving.is 2-3 hours  
Árnessýsla Heritage Museum in Eyrarbakki
The Merchants House in Eyrarbakki, was built in 1765 when Danish merchants began to overwinter in Iceland. Merchant families lived in the House for two centuries and over that period the House was the center for art and European culture in Iceland; fashion, music and litterature spreading from there throughout the country. Eyrarbakki was at that time one of the largest harbours and trading palces in the country, serving people of South-Iceland.  Very interesting exhibitons in the center of Eyrarbakki village: The Mercants House, Egg House and Kirkjubær.  Opening hours:Open every day at summers 11-18 and by arrangement.
Thingvellir National park
At the campground there are WC´s, showers, washing machines and a outside grill. In the service centre visitors can pay for camping and fishing permit and seek further information about the area.There is a small cafeteria which services soup, sandwiches and pizza.Summer opening hours 09:00-20:00 Winter opening hours 09:00-18:00

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Stöng, Viking-era Long house Þjórsárdalur 801 Selfoss 847-8723
Stranda Church Selvogur 815 Þorlákshöfn 892-7954
Sagnagarður Visitor Centre Gunnarsholt 851 Hella 488-3000
Njál's Saga Centre Hlíðarvegur 14 860 Hvolsvöllur 6989007
Keldur, Rangárvellir Rangárvellir 860 Hvolsvöllur 530-2200
Stave Church Westman Islands 900 Vestmannaeyjar 481-3555