Wednesday, 8 May 2013

In Our (Saga) Time

Tomorrow -- Thursday 9th May -- is 'Climbing up day' (Uppstigingadagur, Ascension Day), a public holiday in Iceland and one which, a year ago, I spent engaged in the worldly ascent of the volcano/glacier Snæfellsjökull.

This time round I'm in London (an ascent of Iceland's highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur, is scheduled for next weekend) but I'll be sending something of the spirit of Iceland up and out into the atmosphere live via BBC Radio 4 since the Icelandic sagas are the subject of tomorrow's episode of 'In Our Time' with presenter Melvyn Bragg. A link to information about the programme (and the podcast of it which will be available to download after the episode's gone out) is here. Saga manuscripts, saga landscapes, and sagas of outlaws are my primary remit though Melvyn has a reputation for liking to keep his guests on their toes so anything could happen... 


  1. Enjoy the show, Emily! If you can sneak in a mention of "Song of the Vikings," I will love you forever.

  2. I greatly enjoyed listening to the radio show, it was very interesting and informative. I visited Iceland in January and since I returned home I've been reading some of the sagas and learning about Icelandic history and lore. The fact that one can visit the same places as the people in the sagas is very exciting to me.

  3. Sneafelsjokul. I love that Vulcano :)