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The Settlement Exhibition

Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Understand the settlement of Iceland

An interesting interactive exhibition explaining how Iceland became established. A must to help... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Best High Tech Interactive Exhibit Ever

My wife and I visited Reykjavik last month for 4 days. We did the Golden Circle, the South Coast... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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The Settlement Exhibition - Step into the Viking Age. An open excavation where Viking ruins meet digital technology. Just below ground in downtown Reykjavik, this open excavation uncovers the city's Viking Age history. Discovered during building...more
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Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Reviewed yesterday

An interesting interactive exhibition explaining how Iceland became established. A must to help you understand the development of Iceland

Thank elainedawn26
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My wife and I visited Reykjavik last month for 4 days. We did the Golden Circle, the South Coast and the Blue Lagoon. A friend who was in Reykjavik two weeks earlier said this place was a must see. I will forever be in her...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were disappointed by this exhibition. Quite a lot of money to see a small exhibition with repeated information and not a lot of interesting detail. Such a shame as it could be amazing. Also, the toilets were atrocious. Very dirty.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Settlement exhibit is so interesting. The timeline of Settlement in Iceland is so well done. There is an excavated Viking longhouse to see. A fun interactive video of how the long house was built. A must see in Reykjavik

Thank happywhalewatcher
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great place to visit. We just happens to walk past this place and what a treat it was! Full of history and facts, and great exhibition. Would highly recommend if you like history.

Thank joe88841
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A fascinating expose of the discovery and interpretation of the first house built in Reykjavik in 871 AD. The exhibition was discovered during building of a house and is now preserved in the basement. Great layout and multimedia displays. You will discover why horseswere buried...More

Thank Nevilleh2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is right in City Center. Next door to Centrum Hotel. Free to seniors over 65. Well laid out presentation with a great deal of reading along the way. Plan on spending 1- 1 1/2 hours hers.

Thank tom646
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have a masters in history, so love this sort of thing. And so will pretty much anyone. This is a wonderful museum and is one of a growing number of 'underground' archaeological sites that are preserving 'early' civilizations on the layers in which they...More

Thank Sven L
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was happy to see a well preserved settlement area, especially considering so many others places were built over and no longer exist. The Exhibit is informative but I was left wanting a local historian to ask more questions. I also expected a larger set...More

Thank bubba3122
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

All of us enjoyed our trip to the Settlement Exhibition. It gave us a better perspective of Icelandic history than we had before in a fun and interactive way. Well worth a visit if in Reykjavík.

Thank Mike T
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for kids
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Response from Karin G | Reviewed this property |
not more than 1 hour
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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