An Icelandic Pilgrim amid the Crusades: Nikulás Bergsson

During the mid-twelfth century, an Icelander named Nikulás Bergsson went on a pilgrimage that took him over 4,000 miles away from his home in northern Iceland to Jerusalem in the Holy Land. We don't know much about him, but it is clear that he was a lettered Benedictine monk.[1] Around the year 1153, however, Nikulás …

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Exploring Reykjavík’s Museums (Must-see Spots for Saga Fans!)

Today I'm going to continue the tale that I began in my previous post about my wanderings in Iceland! So do read that if you haven't---but if you have, áfram! After that delicious dinner at Café Loki, I wandered back to my hotel for some much needed rest. I don't recall how many hours I …

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Fjörn Wanders in Iceland (July-August 2018), Part I

A few weeks ago now (on the evening of August 18th), I returned home from a 3-week long trip in Iceland, where I was studying Icelandic through an intensive language course in a small town called Ísafjörður (which you can learn more about here). But, as you can see, it has taken me a while to tell this tale--although it is always better to share a story late than never at all! And so we have gathered here in the hall to 'hear' it spoken, and I do hope that my tale will bring you some delight! But for today I shall only speak of my first day in Reykjavík, since there is much to tell about that day alone!