For over a millennium listeners and readers have been enthralled by The Icelandic Sagas. Unrivalled tales of adventurous might and mirth, they number some 38 individual works, each recalling the ups and downs of the Viking settlement of the island.
The great Icelandic bard Snorri Sturluson made the Sagas famous beyond his home shores when he toured the grand halls of Europe in the 12th century. A revival occurred in the 19th century, spearheaded by cultural treasures such as William Morris who wrote effusively about the unrivalled wonder of the Viking tales.
Contemporary enthusiasts can enter the Saga world from the comfort of their screens via the Icelandic Saga Map, an interactive resource developed by researchers at Háskóli Íslands. Yet surely the best way to get close to the real Viking experience is to visit Iceland, then head into the majestic natural wonder of the Westfjords accompanied by a couple of well-versed locals. This is exactly what Alison Kinney did last November, as she recalls in the ever-excellent Paris Review blog.