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Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition

Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6370
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Excellent Exhibit

This exhibit is easy to find and was surprisingly interesting. Excavation at the hotel above... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Paulette M
Very small

Short experience for the price of admission. I wouldn't recommend it, I'm afraid. Just one room to... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Arvada, Colorado
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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 3 days ago

This exhibit is easy to find and was surprisingly interesting. Excavation at the hotel above revealed an early Viking Long House. The exhibit provides plenty of information on early Viking life that I found particularly interesting. It is quite educational.

Thank Paulette M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Short experience for the price of admission. I wouldn't recommend it, I'm afraid. Just one room to look at the archeological site.

Thank KareninCO
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice hour to spend to see the early settlements, very user freiendly to see how the settlement evolves, the panoramic view is nice.

Thank Niels L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located right downtown, outside the Reykjavik Centrum Hotel. Underground Viking feast site under the footpath, with free access for Reykjavik card holders. I visited on a whim, and was surprised at how interesting it was. 'Windows' into to the site from the street, also.

Thank dr_iggy
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's very well done, based on a discovery of a viking settlement nearly a thousand yrs ago. Its not the largest museum I've ever been in, it'll take around an hour if you look at everything.

Thank Jem9667
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating insight into the early settlers, and great to see it in situ right beneath the city streets where Reykjavik began. Btw we bought a city pass from the tourist information - well worth it if you want to see a few galleries, use a...More

Thank Alistair K
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has been built around the remains of an early settlement which was discovered in a good state of preservation. It is amazing to walk around this structure while watching the panorama on the surrounding museum walls depicting life in Iceland at the time...More

Thank Jill L
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a large room with an unearthed remnant of the foundation of a longhouse. There are a number of small display cases along the walls with items found around the ruins of the house, but the big item is the foundation remnants in the...More

Thank JP-in-MD
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love museums and this was no exception. It is interesting and engaging. They have built the museum around a historical site, and the site is in the center. You can walk around it and see where all the rooms were laid out, how it...More

Thank 1987porsche944
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth visiting to learn about the first settlers. Use of modern technologies meld with the preserved excavation upon which this museum is based.

Thank MChrisTee
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Thomas P
11 August 2017|
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Response from Karin G | Reviewed this property |
not more than 1 hour
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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