Does Snorri Sturluson attract you to Iceland?

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Now Iceland wants you to think of it as a cultural attraction rather than one where you visit just for the landscapes

Now Iceland wants you to think of it as a cultural attraction rather than one where you visit just for the landscapes

Although almost half of the people visiting Iceland claim that it is because of the culture and history of the island nation, you might be forgiven from thinking that it was really due to the landscape, the geothermal springs and the opportunity to see the northern lights. Let’s be honest. It is also because of the stopover deals of offer and the inexpensive flight prices to get to Reykjavik.
A recent survey found that 44% of visitors to Iceland place culture and history as key reason for visiting. Considering that ten years ago a similar study suggested that only 25% of visitrs claimed this as a reason for visiting the country, something must have haopened to stimulate this interest. The suggestion is that it is due to growing interest in Iceland’s cultural history due to the Icelandic Sagas which were written in the 13th and 14th centuries, many by Snorri Sturluson, a master story-teller. To this day, the sites and trails of the Sagas are well known in Iceland but probably only to a few academics and those that might have come across names like Sturluson’s or the sagas themselves containing such names as Egil, Hrafnkell, Bandamanna or Erik the Red. In all there are well over forty of  sagas, some in different versions as well.
Now a dedicated website to the sagas and how tourists can explore the Sagas and the history on a trip to Iceland has been set up. It covers saga sites, museums and cultural centres located around the country and suggests a number of related itineraries including day-by-day recommendations on what places to visit  but you could start the trail by visiting the Saga Museum in Reykjavik.
Coinciding with the launch of these trails is the fact that the Icelandic Saga & Heritage Association (ISHA) celebrates its ten year anniversary this year. To ensure that Icelandic Sagas continue to be at the forefront of the minds of visitors, Promote Iceland and ISHA have developed a brochure called “Iceland in Viking and Mediaeval Times.

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