Burnt Njal Saga

Brennu-Njals Saga is the longest and most celebrated of the Icelandic Sagas. Though its events are set in the tenth and early eleventh centuries, the Saga itself was not written until towards the end of the thirteenth century by an anonymous Icelandic Saga man or storyteller. The Saga take place in Southern Iceland mainly at Rangárvellir.

Njals Saga has been reprinted in many editions, and there are various versions available each with an editorial emphasis on a different set of manuscripts and has been translated into several languages including English, German, Dutch, Swedish and Russian. You can find the complete version of Njals Saga in English for free here.
Saga Centre at Hvolsvollur houses the great exhibition of Njala, dedicated to this masterpiece of Icelandic Sagas. Guests are invited to explore ocean travel and navigation, religion, Viking cosmology, before they enter into the literary art of the greatest heroic stories of the Middle Ages.

The Njala project began in 1996 when the historical sights where the Saga takes place were documented on a tour map so that visitors could follow in the footsteps of the characters in the Saga and relate the events of the story to the actual places where they unfolded. These guided or self guided tours have grown in popularity and every year school classes, company teams, and other groups come to discover the trail of Njala. Rangarthing offers a group of expert guides who’s knowledge of the history and region is unparalleled. The staff at the Saga Centre are available to help with organizing group tours.

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