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The Settlement Exhibition

Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6370
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Interesting archeologic site

This was a very interesting attraction, giving one the perspective of life in Iceland long, long... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2017
Lexington, Massachusetts
Small, but extremely well done

Absolutely loved this museum, which focuses on an excavated Viking Longhouse and some of the... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2017
Mill Creek, Washington
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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 30 July 2017

This was a very interesting attraction, giving one the perspective of life in Iceland long, long ago. The video animations along the diorama on the wall were not too helpful, but some of the materials were very educational, especially the slides about early settlers including...More

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Reviewed 30 July 2017

Absolutely loved this museum, which focuses on an excavated Viking Longhouse and some of the related artifacts found in the area. The main exhibit is a single large room with different panels that focused on specific aspects of settlement in Iceland. Building the exhibit directly...More

Thank DougH98012
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Unique excavation of a Viking longhouse. Well done educational exhibition around the actual ruins. Nothing more to this exhibition, which should have been combined with another museum to provide more value for money. I've seen so many better museums in rural Europe.

Thank J R M
Reviewed 27 July 2017

The archaeological remains of a Viking longhouse from the 10th century are preserved UNDER the streets of Reykjavik. Amazing computer technology is used to give an impression of what life was like at the time and to provide insight into the environment of a farm...More

1  Thank Cheryl M
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

This Museum is just off the central Square in old town. Worth the visit to see how the town developed. Takes about an hour the study the presentations.

1  Thank Champagneoclock
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

The museum houses an archaeological dig from 871 or so, the earliest inhabited time in Iceland. It has unusual interactive exhibits explained in English and Islandic describing the way of life of the time. Senior citizens enter for free. They also have free lockers for...More

1  Thank Ruth T
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

The museum is under the ground and it was build around the vikings old hause. Exposition about first settlment is fully interactive and you can join excursion wirh oné of the guids for free. Absolutely worth it. Great place where childern could play.

Thank Jan T
Reviewed 23 July 2017

I opted for a visit to the settlement exhibit over the National Museum and was glad I did. I wasn't disappointed. Exceptionally well done and worth the time. PS...No entrance fee for young children and Sr's. an added bonus...

Thank 459darlenea
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Very interactive exhibit- keeps adults and children entertained. It was really cool to see the ruins of a viking longhouse. There were also other artifacts from the time period around the room.

Thank LRen05
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Interesting exhibit about Reykjavik in 871 AD. Best for teens and adults. Small. Centrally located and easy to visit. Well presented material.

Thank Joseph M
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Mary F
28 December 2017|
Response from StacyJ1990 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, for the children they do.
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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