Orkneyinga Saga Centre, Orphir

4.4
#8 of 14 in Historic Sites in Mainland
Learn about the Orkneyinga saga and the influence of Vikings on the Orkney Islands at Orkneyinga Saga Centre. Although the museum is small and unstaffed, its maps, informational displays, and short audio-visual presentation provide vivid insight into the Norwegian capture of the islands and outline the colorful history of the Earls of Orkney. Be sure to have your photo taken by the Viking ship model that marks the entrance for a fun memory of your visit. Work out when and for how long to visit Orkneyinga Saga Centre and other Orphir attractions using our handy Orphir vacation maker tool .
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  • Small building with several information boards explaining the Orkneyinga sagas located next to the Earls Bu. Brief visit, informative but not worth a big detour for but worth stopping if passing nearb...  more »
  • This is a great (free) place with an interesting exhibition and a remarkable historic site. Situated close to the coast it is possible to visit the very places mentioned in the saga literature referri...  more »
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  • This centre provides background information on the Saga as a literary form as well as information about the Orkneyinga saga specifically and the major characters. Most of the reviews have not highlighted the awesomeness that was the genealogy display for the saga. In retrospect, all Earls of Orkney descending from Nicholas Cage makes total sense. I'm not sure why it isn't always shown that way. I was hoping to find someone to contact for a key to the other portraits, but was unable to. The four vs. five stars is largely because it is not staffed, so there is no one to discuss the information with or to answer questions.
  • This attraction has a toilet which is useful. It's also free to visit. Inside the centre it is small, musty and dated. There is not a lot to see outside. You may enjoy it if you are really really into vikings.
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