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Vikin Maritime Museum

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Address: Grandagardur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Phone Number:
+354 517 9400
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Víkin – the Reykjavík Maritime MuseumThe Museum is situated in Reykjavik’s...

Víkin – the Reykjavík Maritime MuseumThe Museum is situated in Reykjavik’s picturesque active fishing harbor, only a 10 minute walk from the city center. Enjoy the fantastic view of the boats, fishermen and birdlife before entering the museum. For centuries Icelanders depended heavily on fishing and the sea for survival, and as a result the country has a long and rich maritime history. In the Reykjavik Maritime Museum you can explore this history, including beautiful ship-models, realistic scenery as well as both dried and life fish! The magnificent Coast Guard Vessel Óðinn, who took part in all three cod wars, is a part of the museum, docked outside in the beautiful harbor. Guided tours, please ask at the entrance. A wonderful place for a fun day out with family or friends!

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An interesting museum

I was taken round this museum by a Icelandic colleague whilst we discussed the content. It was very interesting and I would like to go again if possible.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Ivor M
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum was great, learned a lot of things here. It's a decent size and right on the old harbor. There are some great exhibits to take photos with. Easy to get to.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an interesting exhibit. There are some interesting movie clips and lots of fishing history here.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a museum by the harbour which caters for all ages. They have tried to modernise it and appeal to children and as well as adults. Downstairs is an interesting exhibition built around an old fishing boat. Individuals have been highlighted who's fishing careers were interesting, such as the first woman fisher. Upstairs there is much information about the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was taken round this museum by a Icelandic colleague whilst we discussed the content. It was very interesting and I would like to go again if possible.

Thank Ivor M
Abbots Bromley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

A wonderful small museum which explains the history of Iceland's maritime activities - mostly involving fishing which was once their biggest industry. The now legendary 'Cod Wars' of the 1970s are documented from an Icelandic point of view which makes you realise that the British were certainly in the wrong at that time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

We really looked forward to seeing this as we have connections to Hull so the cod wars exhibit was really good. They currently have another exhibit on fisherwomen which was also very interesting but best of all was the film about a day in the life of an Icelandic fishing crew in the late 1800's..... fascinating. We also visited the... More 

Thank Cheryl B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

There is nothing about Vikings here only info about Icelands Maritime history and Cod Wars! Although it is well put together it is pretty costly for what you actually get to see. Kids were bored silly here, super super bored! Do not take kids here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

I had the city card so I got free entry. Walking along the water to get here was nice as well. The museum is small, but has some fun information and items. It paints a decent picture about women in the culture/history and upstairs has a good picture into the life of the fishermen and such and what they did.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

This museum was well laid out and very interesting. It had the right mix of maritime artifacts and cultural displays. The history of Iceland is so intertwined with the sea that this is a must. It had some unusual displays such as an authentic kitchen and sitting room from the early 50s with all of the furniture and "modern" devices.... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Was part of Golden Circle Advantage Day Trip. The most uninteresting and boring stop. The stops like this make the tour very long. I would prefer to spend more time at main beautiful attractions like Waterfalls and Geyser.

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