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The 1000-year old Viking sword will be on display for one day at The National Museum of Iceland

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  • The sword The five goose hunters returned with a rather different catch than they intended. Photo/Árni Björn

The 1000-year old Viking sword that was found in South Iceland in September will be on show for one day in The National Museum of Iceland (link in Icelandic) before work on its long-term conservation begins.

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THE LOCATION The red circle shows where the sword was found. Image by Google Maps

Five local goose hunters on a hunting trip found the sword where it lay exposed on the surface of the sand banks of a small lagoon in Eldvatn river in South Iceland.

Most likely the sword washed out from a Viking age burial site (called “kuml” in Icelandic) further inland in the large glacial outburst flood that occurred in the area last autumn (September 2015).

The sword is beautifully preserved and it’s discovery was big news according Kristín Huld Sigurðardóttir, the director of the Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland, as only twenty swords have previously been found from this period.

The sword will be exhibited between 13 and 17 (1p-5pm) on Sunday. Admission is free of charge.

The National Museum of Iceland, Suðurgata 41, 101 Reykjavík (see location on map).

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