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Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition

Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6370
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Brought Iceland history to life

I opted for a visit to the settlement exhibit over the National Museum and was glad I did. I... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Toronto, Canada
Viking ruins

Very interactive exhibit- keeps adults and children entertained. It was really cool to see the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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At The Settlement Exhibition in Adalstraeti visitors can experience the settlement of Iceland in late 9th century through two remarkable exhibitions. The Settlement Exhibition revolves around an excavated site, the actual remains of a Viking Age longhouse that have been preserved in situ. The exhibition gives an invaluable insight into the life and times of the first people to inhabit the Reykjavik area and the ways in which they adapted to their new environment. The exhibition is founded on archaeological and other scientific research and introduces visitors to the latest facts and interpretations forwarded by a range of experts who have concentrated on this period of our history. Settlement Sagas comprises some of the nation's most renowned documents, many of them written in the twelfth century but relating events that go back as far as 874 AD, when the first settlers are said to have come to Iceland. Recognised by UNESCO as having outstanding cultural value These two exhibitions hosted by the Reykjavik City Museum afford an unprecedented view into the origins of Icelandic culture. One is based on archaeological findings from the days of the Settlement and the other on manuscripts documenting the same period. This is also the first time Iceland's literary heritage and archaeological history have been placed side by side for the general public. In addition, the preservation of these precious manuscripts is one of the reasons why UNESCO officially designated Reykjavik as a City of Literature in 2011.
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Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6370
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I opted for a visit to the settlement exhibit over the National Museum and was glad I did. I wasn't disappointed. Exceptionally well done and worth the time. PS...No entrance fee for young children and Sr's. an added bonus...

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Very interactive exhibit- keeps adults and children entertained. It was really cool to see the ruins of a viking longhouse. There were also other artifacts from the time period around the room.

Thank LRen05
Reviewed 4 days ago

Interesting exhibit about Reykjavik in 871 AD. Best for teens and adults. Small. Centrally located and easy to visit. Well presented material.

Thank Joseph M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The museum was really interactive, informative and enjoyable. It is suitable for all ages and people with disabilities (just be aware of the uneven floor). A unique museum with a Viking age long hall at its centre. The whole museum is built around it making...More

Thank Charley H
Reviewed 5 days ago

very good for all ages particularly if you catch the guided tour, interactive computer images which help youngsters understnd

Thank _juneyy1
Reviewed 5 days ago

I loved this museum, it was very well laid out with interesting information which was very accessible. I love all things Viking so this was one of the highlights of my trip and I was very impressed.

Thank WoobyBird
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ummed and ahhhhd about coming to the museum as we had already been to the phalological museum and felt it was too expensive for what it was. Very glad we came to the settlement museum as it was a great way to learn how...More

Thank Steph_5891
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent museum that does not take very long (less than an hour) but is worth seeing to learn about life in Iceland many years ago. Good for kids over 5 along with adults.

Thank 212nytraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the lucky finds the archeologists dream about. And I would love to give it a five star but it was very difficult to read the small print on the majority of the displays around the walls. Several of the touch buttons...More

Thank Margaret H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a couple hours here reviewing the earliest archaeological evidence of Iceland's earliest settlers dating right back to 870 A.D. Very interesting and informative, including evidence of a very early turf house and long house. There also were good computer info displays. It cost...More

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20 June 2017|
Response from Forevermui | Reviewed this property |
We didn't visit the Settlement Center at Borgarnes, can't comment on that. However, it might be difficult to drive around Reykjavik City as parking is limited and is chargeable (we walked around in the city). Thus, Reykjavik... More
28 January 2017|
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Response from Geoff M | Reviewed this property |
Yes 9am - 6pm daily
10 March 2016|
Response from SeacoastSmith | Reviewed this property |
It's just the Settlement exhibition. The Sagas is entirely separate but I recall it being a pretty small fee.