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Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition

Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6370
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Fascinating and innovatively displayed

We really enjoyed the exhibit of the earliest settlement in Reykjavik. The longhouse display was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Heather W
Toronto, Canada
Where is the light?

Could be a very interesting site, however, one views it from eye level and not from above. It is... read more

Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week ago

We really enjoyed the exhibit of the earliest settlement in Reykjavik. The longhouse display was detailed enough for an adult but simple enough for a young child to follow. The informative description of Icelandic genomes, language, and periods of history was fascinating.

Thank Heather W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Could be a very interesting site, however, one views it from eye level and not from above. It is very dark and makes viewing difficult. They seem to depend on computer displays more than the actual exhibit. Nice free lockers. Rather costly for what you...More

Thank ddwildbird
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The technology and creativity used in this exhibition really brought it to life. We both really enjoyed it and it is in a very central location. Would highly recommend it!

Thank Georgie M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an excellent exhibition based on an excavated longhouse. The excavation itself is augmented and enhanced by videos which tune into the area being viewed. There is also a well thought out and well equipped children's area.

Thank Hithere82
Reviewed 1 week ago

We pretty much stumbled on 871+/-2 while exploring Reykjavik but were pleased we went in. I have a background in archaeology so found the museum fascinating. It is really well done and what is so wonderful is that the museum is developed on the actual...More

Thank Pennie H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small museum/exhibit but worth visiting. Extremely well done. You get to see a Viking building unearthed when they were building a hotel. There are multiple interactive exhibits to tell you more about Vikings in general. Really well done overall. The whole thing...More

Thank coachvu
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very enjoyable visit to the Settlement Exhibition. The exhibition is well laid out with the remnants of the actual Viking Longhouse as the centrepiece and the surrounding walls giving good visual displays with some computer animation and a number of relics from...More

Thank alister b
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very interesting excavation of one of the first settlements in the Reykjavic region. The entire longhouse has been reconstructed, and there are several places where you can read about what was found when excavating. You can also walk all around the reconstruction,...More

Thank Lonnie C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a Senior - I got in free, a big plus for a Brit in expensive Iceland. The information is clear - in English and other European languages. It is a beautiful place, well laid out and thought provoking. Some history included as well, stories...More

Thank layton573
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The settlement exhibition provides an excellent panorama of Icelandic settlement, particularly describing the evolution of the inhabitants lives and the homes that they built. Absorbing and worthwhile.

Thank ggsmac
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Thomas P
11 August 2017|
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Response from Bobby159 | Reviewed this property |
About an hour is plenty.
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