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Dress up, channel your inner Viking and have your portrait taken

By Staff

  • Get in touch with your wild side Guðmann Þór Bjargmundsson owns Mink Viking Portrait, a small company offering unique souvenirs to bring home from Iceland. Photo/Mink Viking Portrait

“I’ve been involved with photography and cinematography from a young age and I’ve always been curious about Vikings and the Norse prophetesses. My father owned all the Icelandic Sagas when I was growing up, so I guess that’s where the idea to open Mink Viking Portrait was born,” says cinematographer Guðmann Þór Bjargmundsson, who owns and runs Mink Viking Portrait, a small company offering unique souvenirs of Iceland. 

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Choose your weapon of choice And look fierce.

Guðmann Þór’s customers channel their inner Viking by dressing up in traditional Viking attire and brandishing weapons while they pose for the lens of his camera. And the results are intense and ferocious photographs—memories to last a lifetime.

“People begin with choosing their outfit and weapon of choice and then the action starts. I take on the role of dresser, director, and cameraman, and usually have to direct people a little; tell them where to look and how to pose. You need to look determined and fierce to pull a convincing Viking. Usually people really get into it and end up having a blast,” he explains.    

The items of clothing and the arms were accumulated through friends of Guðmann’s who are costume designers and members of the Viking society Rimmugýgur (named after the sword Rimmugýgur from Njáls Saga). “I’ve been meaning to join Rimmugýgur for years now, but have never managed to find the time. Instead of joining the Vikings, I create them,” Guðmann concludes with a laugh.

Landed a role in TV series
One of Guðmann’s former customers, a woman who’d come in to have her photograph taken two years ago, recently contacted the photographer to tell him that she had sent her Viking photographs to a casting agent for the popular television series ‘Vikings.’ Needless to say, the woman was cast as an extra on the show and was asked to bring her outfit with her to the set—which she couldn’t do, since the costume was in Iceland.  

Where: Laugavegur 11, 101 Reykjavík.
Price: 14.900 ISK per person for 6 digital photos
Duration: 45 – 60 min

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