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Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition

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Address: Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Phone Number: +354 411 6370
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At The Settlement Exhibition in Adalstraeti visitors can experience the...

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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Really interesting history

To UK tourists something which is only 1000ish years old is a bit dull but the history of Icelandic habitation and Viking expansion was really interesting. Picking out the... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

To UK tourists something which is only 1000ish years old is a bit dull but the history of Icelandic habitation and Viking expansion was really interesting. Picking out the similarities in the languages (yes, there are a few!) was a particular highlight. The information was clearly displayed and flowed coherently.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must see in Reykjavik, situated in the middle of town. When the first viking settlres arrived around 860 they built houses like home. This type of house is called langhus, built by stones and turf. These houses are warm. Later these houses changed into the iceland farm which can be seen in some places around Iceland today.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting exhibition. Free entrance with purchase of tourist card. Lockers available free of charge for bigger coats or bags.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved the fluent way that uses the exhibition to explain the origins of icelanders. Specially interesting is the genomics display or the domestic animals one.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very informative museum, but ticket is very expensive. i liked that they give you free audioguides.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is specifically about the site that was uncovered and does give background information on the settlers of Iceland. There are interesting artifacts here and it was a great place to visit on a rainy day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled upon this museum on our last morning, and I wish we found it sooner. The best museum we went to. Inside are the excavated remains of the original establishment. It was fascinating, very well laid out.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the city hall of the town. It has a great geographical display of Iceland- illustrating all the tic tonic plates, various mountains with there glaciers. The other interesting point is the piece of artwork of a females anatomy - there is so much history of how the Icelandic women are fighting for equality.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very well laid out exhibition, as others have said, it is great to have somewhere nice and warm to go if the weather turns wet and cold. Lots of audio visual displays, the story is well told and the position of the building right in the centre of town is just right.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting exhibit giving a bit more insight into the history of Iceland. Worth a trip if you want to know more.

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