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Vikin Maritime Museum

Grandagardur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 517 9400
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Somewhat interesting

Certainly not a must do activity. Go if you have the city pass or have nothing better to do. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Raphael S
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Reykjavik, Iceland
Fishing history

Great information about fishing industry from early times to present. Shows life of sailors and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
yorkshirerose81
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Cottonwood, Arizona
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Grandagardur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Certainly not a must do activity. Go if you have the city pass or have nothing better to do. The museum explains mainly about the fishing history of Iceland.

Thank Raphael S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great information about fishing industry from early times to present. Shows life of sailors and families, tools used, and other models of ships.

Thank yorkshirerose81
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was interesting to see the way the Cod war with Britain from the Icelandic perspective. It was objective and highlighted that Iceland was essentially fighting for survival by protecting it's only viable industry.

Thank dbchippy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While the rest of the world was focused on the Cold War, Iceland was raging a Cod War with Britain. The museum gives a good overview of what was involved, and how it helped shape the Icelandic national identity. It is a neat little museum,...More

Thank Scotty2525
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The maritime museum gives a very good idea of how difficult it was to live work & fish in Iceland in times gone by. Good exhibits plus well documented history of the cod wars with the UK. The visit to the coast guard boat Odin...More

Thank Penylan11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this small museum. The Cod Wars exhibit was fascinating, and does an excellent job of showing both the British and Icelandic sides. I went because I had the City Card and some extra time but it was one of my favorite museums.

Thank Laura P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not sure if it's just me that I don't find the collections there impressive. The only thing I found interesting is the cod war with the British.

Thank Ruby D
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Small, but interesting museum. Good displays. Very good section on the cod wars -- I did not know a lot about this topic before visiting this section. Unfortunately the cafe and gift shop were closed for renovation when we visited.

Thank DSF1
Reviewed 12 June 2017

This museum contains a lot of information about cod fishing in Iceland. It has many fishing artifacts, informative map showing locations of ship wrecks, and life-size models of ship cabin areas. Not a main focus of interest for me but I am glad I visited....More

1  Thank annewoodrick
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Not overly interested in fishery or maritime life - however this is an excellent little museum, that will point our attention to how important the fishing industry has been and still is to Iceland. Something you might not think of nowadays. Lot of information about...More

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Yes there are toilets on first floor, also in cafe area.
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