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Dress up as a Viking and try writing with medieval techniques at the Settlement Museum today

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  • What would you have looked like as a viking? Today the Settlement Exhibition in downtown Reykjavík offers visitors a chance to get a snapshot of themselves dressed up in traditional Viking garb. Photo/Sara McMahon.

If you are looking for some fun inside activities in downtown Reykjavík today the Settlement Exhibition has you covered: The exhibition is offering visitors a chance to try out some of its Viking costumes. The exhibition has built up a large collection of Viking garb for both children and adults which it is now making accessible to the public for dress up and fun!

The museum is encouraging people to come by today and try out its costumes and pose for snapshots in front of a scenic backdrop, and then share the photos using the #Reykjavik871 hashtag.

Tonight, between 19:00 and 21:00 the museum is then offering a special event, allowing people to try what it felt like writing the Icelandic Sagas, using traditional medieval techniques, a quill, ink made from wild Icelandic herbs and vellum which has been prepared with traditional ancient methods.

This is a unique opportunity to experience history first-hand. The quill writing event will be directed by an expert from the Árni Magnússon Institute which preserves and studies the manuscripts of the Icelandic Sagas. Also: Admission is free.

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