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The Settlement Exhibition

Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6370
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A week in Iceland gives you some sense of the ancestral background of the people of Iceland, and I... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2017
Ann D
La Jolla, California
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Interesting Museum

We decided to take in the Settlement Exhibit and found it most interesting. The exhibit is in a... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
Vancouver Island, Canada
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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 22 August 2017 via mobile

A week in Iceland gives you some sense of the ancestral background of the people of Iceland, and I had a particular interest in their language and customs. This exhibition, created underground on the footprint of an ancient homestead unearthed during modern construction, provides an...More

Thank Ann D
Reviewed 20 August 2017

We decided to take in the Settlement Exhibit and found it most interesting. The exhibit is in a panarama format with an excavation sight in the centre. worth the visit.

Thank annie2468
Reviewed 19 August 2017

When I booked at the Centrum Hotel, I read that there was a display of a longhouse - which was the first settlement in Iceland, under the hotel... I was fascinated by that and it definitely contributed to my booking there - but I was...More

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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

If you have trouble getting young people to museum this one might do the trick. Only one room with some interactive features does not take long to examine.

Thank Olli K
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

We had an informative and pleasant time at the exhibition but I recommend visiting when the exhibition is less busy. Unfortunately we went when there were quite a few visitors who monopolized the interactive machines and spoke non stop on loud voices (mainly complaining about...More

Thank Senyum
Reviewed 16 August 2017

This exhibit shows the excavation of an original settlement from when the first settlers came to Iceland from Norway. It also has a small room for special exhibitions, at present one on Icelandic animals. There is a gift shop, clean restrooms, elevator access for the...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 16 August 2017

This museum is basically built around the remains of a 1000 year old long house built by Iceland's early settlers. It's very well done, clearly annotated and interesting.

Thank aljona4621
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

This is an excellent exhibit of an archeological site of an early Viking settlement. Not a recreation, but the actual site. Seniors (age 67 and up) get in for free. Definitely be there for the EXCELLENT 45 minute guided tour at 11am. Then stay and...More

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Reviewed 15 August 2017

This is a fascinating chance to see an archaeological site in the heart of a cosmopolitan capital city. The artefacts present a broad view of late ninth-century life in Reykjavik. Beautiful. Family-friendly.

1  Thank donnabeaudin
Reviewed 14 August 2017

It is amazing that this house has been preserved. It is at least from 871 CE or perhaps earlier - they can date it because of a layer of volcanic ash that was found over it. The visual history of the area is very good...More

Thank traveling-family-o-4
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for kids
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not more than 1 hour
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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