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The Settlement Exhibition

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Settle-In To Be Informed

We spent a solid 90 minutes here, but one can pick up so much of the Iceland's history and language... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2018
Chicago, Illinois
Informative & Interesting

Great place to learn how a place like Iceland and Reykjavik was settled. This a fairly new museum... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2018
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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 14 May 2018

We spent a solid 90 minutes here, but one can pick up so much of the Iceland's history and language that it was completely worth the visit. If the weather is foul out, this is a no-brainer to stop by. Some of the exhibits were...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

Great place to learn how a place like Iceland and Reykjavik was settled. This a fairly new museum established after some recent discoveries. Still amazed how they find a fragment of something and figure out what it use to be for...

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

We enjoyed our visit here. Lots of great information about the early settlers of Iceland. This museum is built around an actual longhouse. You tour at your own pace.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank e w
Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

It was snowing like crazy and we had the Reykjavik City Pass, so we ducked in here since it was free. Honestly, it was pretty fascinating. They built the museum around the archeological site where the settlement was found, so you enter the museum and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

I really enjoyed this museum but is was laid out in such a confusing manner that I had to got through it twice. Still it was worthwhile. Would have helped to read some of the sagas first.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Cathy S
Reviewed 1 May 2018

Very informative, well displayed, an excellent way to learn about the history of Reykjavik. It made our stay in Reykjavik more enjoyable.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

This museum is small when compared to American and European standards but very typical for Icelandic museums. They had an original archeological site which was very cool- right under the streets of Reykjavik. The exhibit was interactive in parts so it would be interesting for...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Analise O
Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

A bit small and unassuming but it definitely did not disappoint. Fantastic exhibit. You can take 30 minutes in here or over 3 hours if you want to. It just depends on how interested you are in seeing/reading all the displays. I stayed and read...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank ANDY C
Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

Small museum created/surrounding the oldest known settlement excavated in Reykjavik to date. Touch screens/buttons to interact with various sections in both Icelandic and English. If your child is a young archaeologist at heart, should be of interest for them too.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Danita_Browne
Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

We had a day planned to site seeand whale watch near Reykjavik but the weather was bad and our plans got cancelled so we decided to museum hop instead and the settlement exhibition was great and very interesting.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Colleen B
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I did not go to the Open Air museum, but other tickets that I had for 2 places, I was able to go on different days.
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for kids
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not more than 1 hour
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