Full Circle!

9 01 2013
From Iceland and back again! Looking from the National Museum out on Hallgrimskirkja Church.

From Iceland and back again! Looking from the National Museum out on the rainy city with Hallgrimskirkja Church in the background.

The exhibition includes about 2,000 objects, dating from the Settlement Age to the present, as well as about 1,000 photographs from the 20th century.

The exhibition is conceived as a journey through time: it begins with the ship in which medieval settlers crossed the ocean to their new home, it ends in a modern airport, the Icelanders’ gateway to the world.

A 1500s style dwelling... when they still had some wood left.

A 1500s style dwelling… when they still had some wood left.

In later centuries all timber was recycled, as new timber was always in short supply. Many masterpieces of Icelandic woodcarving survive solely because timbers from churches were re-used over and over again in other buildings. The panels from Bjarnastaðahlíð, for instance, were found in the roofing of a storehouse in the 20th century.

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