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Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition

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Address: Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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At The Settlement Exhibition in Adalstraeti visitors can experience the...

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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Very interesting for an anthropological museum. Yes it seems a bit boring, but what and how they present everything makes it well worth the price.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Very interesting for an anthropological museum. Yes it seems a bit boring, but what and how they present everything makes it well worth the price.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This museum is not to be missed. The technology used brought the archeological site to life. Staff was informative and helpful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Don't miss this perfect rainy day stop to learn about the early days of Iceland. The displays are alive and engaging, well explained in Icelandic and English. The whole experience gives a wonderful understanding of how Iceland was settled and the culture and history that led to the spirit of cohesion and independence that exists to this day. Don't miss... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We had been on the City Walk on our first day in Reykjavik and this place was recommended to us by the guide. I'm glad we did them in that order as it really enhanced our experience of the visit tying into the things we learned during our walk. You can realistically do both on the same day as it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Small but cool museum of an excavation site. It's neat how they hollowed out a city street to excavate an old long house. Does not require a lot of walking. It took us a little over an hour to explore this, but I am glad I did. A little expensive, but where else would you get to see anything like... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Entrance to the museum is down a flight of stairs at street level. We had access to the museum through our Reykjavik City Card which allowed us entry to the main museum, but not the special exhibit. In the main museum, your encouraged to walk a counter-clockwise path around the room to learn about Iceland's early settlers. In the center... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This museum is quite small but very informative and interesting. The original site has been maintained and the museum was built around it. Staff was very friendly. Fun things in gift shop.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Engrossing but not terribly exciting. It's interesting to see if you like history or are interested in how people lived in the year 871. Perfect rainy day activity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Small museum which explains the viking settlement in the area. There is a excavation of a long house where they lived and interesting exhibits of what they ate etc.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Interesting but not overly exciting. Probably wouldn't go here again but if you're someone who is more into museums and how people lived back in the day this may be more your speed. I expected it to be bigger than just two rooms.

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