Sagas and Archaeology - Background to The Mosfell Archaeological Project



A Viking Landscape Part 1


A Viking Landscape Part 2


A Viking Landscape Part 3


A Viking Landscape Part 4


A Viking Landscape Part 5


A Viking Landscape Part 6


The Saga of a Viking Age Longhouse - Trailer -


The Saga of a Viking Age Longhouse in Iceland


The Saga of a Viking Age Longhouse - Part 2


Mosfell Archaeology Doccumentary on Icelandic TV 2014


YouTube Video


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Life in Viking Age Iceland and the Norse North Atlantic.

Viking Language 1 Lesson 10: Beached Whales in Iceland

Grettir’s Saga offers some of the most detailed information in the medieval sources about the value of beached whales. Bloated and raised to the surface by the gases of decay in their stomachs and bowels, these dead creatures were huge treasures. Individuals and allies were prepared to fight for possession when whale carcasses washed ashore following storms.

Grettir’s Saga, ch.12
"...Um várit kom veðr mikit af norðri; þat helzk nær viku. Eptir veðrit könnuðu menn reka sína. Þorsteinn hét maðr, er bjó á Reykjanesi. Hann fann hval rekinn innan fram á nesinu, þar sem hét at Rifskerjum: þat var reyðr mikil. Hann sendi þegar mann til Flosa í Vík ok svá til næstu bœja....Flosi kom fyrst ok þeir Víkrmenn; þeir tóku þegar til skurðar ok var dreginn á land upp sá [hvalr], er skorinn var. Í því kómu Kaldbeklingar með fjögur skip. Þorgrímr veitti tilkall til hvalsins ok fyrirbauð Víkrmönnum skurð ok skipti ok brautflutning á hvalnum..."

Whales beach occasionally today as well, click on the video underneath to see. More information on the specific case can be found HERE.

Sperm Whale Explodes In Stomach-Churning Clip From Faroe Islands


Ferðalok - Journey's End

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How Old Icelandic might have sounded
Clip from Icelandic TV
How Old Icelandic Sounded?