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Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition

Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6370
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Sweeping elegantly presented panorama of this unique country's development

Gorgeous interactive and educational. Stunning to enter, and then you realize it is built around... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Ron N
Boston, Massachusetts
Very interesting exhibit of Icelandic history.

Really enjoyed this very interactive exhibit of an early Icelandic settlement. We had limited... read more

Reviewed 2 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
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Reviewed yesterday

Gorgeous interactive and educational. Stunning to enter, and then you realize it is built around an actual excavated long-house from the 8th century. Wow. Absolutely unique.. If you want to a real feeling of the effort it took to live back then, and why they...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this very interactive exhibit of an early Icelandic settlement. We had limited time for touring on our trip but chose this site and were glad we had. If you only have one day to explore Reykjavik, put this exhibit on your list. We...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I went here as part of the Reykjavik City Tour I took with Iceland Private Tours. We went here as it was just down the street from my hotel and it was fascinating. Really learned a lot about early Icelandic homes and the settlers.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting country but, nice people. However, the MOST EXPENSIVE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD! I assure you, It's not Singapore .

1  Thank Craigcooper
Reviewed 1 week ago

As far as museums go this one is very small and limited in focus. It 's one primary exhibit is an excavated long house. It is worth a visit but does not require more than 30 minutes to see it all. It is cool how...More

1  Thank CathyDKG
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When traveling to Iceland it is worth booking a hotel close to or in the down town. Laugavegur is the main party street as well as downtown in the port area. Reykjavik is a long way from the airport but there are plenty of services...More

1  Thank AussieSteveR
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Personally not for my taste, shop was very expensive. Over £20 for a rubber duck!!! However my mum throughly enjoyed herself, so maybe for people who enjoy history/archeology and for the older generation. Does have a toilet for customers to use and a lift for...More

1  Thank Brhordern
Reviewed 1 week ago

This underground preservation of an ancient viking settlement is pretty cool to see first hand. There are small signs and illustrations to put it in context but not a lot of information available as they continue to study.

2  Thank Leigth M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss the longhouse in its original position, underneath the city. The exhibition is excellent.

1  Thank Family464
Reviewed 1 week ago

The use of a large touch screen display to explain elements of the long house greatly enhanced the learning experience. The museum presents the long house in context of every day life.

Thank Explorer100
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Thomas P
11 August 2017|
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Response from Bobby159 | Reviewed this property |
About an hour is plenty.
21 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
29 January 2017|
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Response from Geoff M | Reviewed this property |
Yes 9am - 6pm daily