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The Settlement Exhibition

Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6370
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Vikings were here!

Very nice re-build of a locally excavated long house with interior complete. Plus they use... read more

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Great use of high tech graphics

Informative. New. Good for 10 years and up. Explains how acivilization was carved out of a... read more

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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 today

Very nice re-build of a locally excavated long house with interior complete. Plus they use graphics computers to fill in the picture to show an accurate representation of where settlers lived once they arrived and set up shop. Fascinating!

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Reviewed today

Informative. New. Good for 10 years and up. Explains how acivilization was carved out of a difficult place.

Thank Robert W
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had an hour here. We could have spent a little more time. My 9 year old enjoyed the area to play games and dress up like a Viking. From here, head over to the stacking rocks by the concert hall.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

very nice museum about the settlement . So we really recommend to visit this museum when being in Reykjavik

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Very modern and interactive with lots of everyday information on the life of the period. There is a gift shop and a dress up corner which I think was meant for kids but who doesn't want to dress as a viking?

Thank Elaine M
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This building is built over a Viking Longhouse dated around 950AD. It is one of the oldest man made structures in Iceland. There is a model of what the Viking Village would have looked like with narration points. Seniors get in FREE!

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

There is an actual settlement INSIDE the museum, which is quite awesome. We had to run through the exhibit because it closes right at 6pm. Very high tech exhibits.. wish we had more time there.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Simple, thorough, and magical journey to a unique point in time. This is the overview required to understand the nature of what it is to be Icelandic

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was my favorite of the museums we visited in Reykjavik. Spent hours envisioning the longhouse as it once was, and imagining the lives of the people who built it.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

For any history lovers staying in the Reykjavik city center, this is a must and easily worth the ~$16.50. It was cool to see the foundations of a Viking longhouse dating to 930 AD. There are also Viking artifacts displayed, many of which were excavated...More

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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
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