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Scandinavian Pilgrimage Narratives

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Author(s): Rudolf Simek
The most famous of all the Scandinavian pilgrims is an Icelandic Benedictine, alternatively called Nikulás Bergþorsson, Nikulás Bergsson or even Nikulás Hallbjarnarson in various manuscripts, who traveled to Jerusalem and back, returning in 1154 to become abbot of the newly founded monastery in Þverá (or Munka-Þverá) in Eyjaförðr in Northern Iceland (see also Scandinavian Sites). His journey seems to have taken three years, including a probably lengthy stay in the Benedictine mother-house in Mon…