About the Icelandic Sagas Project

Icelandic Sagas On Line

Leisure courses on the Sagas have long been popular among the Icelanders themselves, where knowledgeable and good storytellers have told of the advent and subject matter of these thrilling tales, which are full of of drama and dark humour. A few years ago the idea formed that more people could be allowed to enjoy these kinds of courses through distance studies straight from their icelandic settings.  From there sprang the co-operative project Icelandic Sagas Online. The four participants are all based in West Iceland, sometimes refered to as the Storyland, as many of the Sagas took place here and it was the residence of the writer Snorri Sturluson, who was a powerhouse in germanic medieval writing.

The co-operating parties join the project each in his own way. The Centre of Life Long Learning (www.simenntun.is) has experience with distance teaching and Nepal software (www.nepal.is) has designed web solutions for distance teaching. In Snorrastofa, The Culture- and Medieval  Research Centre of Reykholt (www.snorrastofa), studies are carried out on Icelandic medieval literature and in the Settlement Centre of Iceland (www.landnam.is) manifold creative ways are employed to tell tourists the story of medieval Iceland in an accessible way. Together these four participants have what it takes to tell foreigners the Sagas in a convincing and entertaining manner.

The first courses will be held during the winter 2010-2011. The first course will cover the life of Snorri Sturluson. Plans are to commence teaching in Norway and then to add other Scandinaivan nations as well as German and English speaking countries and further subjects.

The aim is to present the medieval literature heritage of Iceland to other nations. It really speaks to other Germanc nations, as therein may be found the roots of germanic culture as well as being entertaining and dramatic literature.

Are you interested
in Icelandic Sagas?

If you are interested in Icelandic literary heritage or want to get acquinted with it please contact us at info@icelandicsagas.is

Our aim is to present the medieval literature heritage of Iceland to other nations. It really speaks to other Germanc nations, as therein may be found the roots of germanic culture as well as being entertaining and dramatic literature.