About Viking Animals

Viking Animals: The Settlement of the Secret
Dýrin: leyndardómur landnámssins

Animals are the secret to the settlement of Iceland, without them the first settlers wouldn’t have survived. Animals were crucial for survival, they provided meat, diary, wool, bone, horn, and companionship. Without sheep for wool the Vikings would not have been able to make the sails for their ships to travel across the North Atlantic to Iceland!

This family friendly exhibition opened at the Settlement Exhibition (Landnámssýningin) in Reykjavik on 18th May 2017. The exhibition reveals the importance of animals in the early settlement of Iceland through archaeological evidence. It engages visitors with the exciting insights into early Icelandic society through animals in Viking Age Iceland.

The exhibition is based upon research undertaken by Dr Lara Hogg (Sheffield University) and funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.