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The Settlement Exhibition

Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Essential to visit to understand the history of Iceland

This is a gem, an dig under the city centre where you can visit a 1000+ year old longhouse. The... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2014
St Andrews, United Kingdom
The actual walls of the ruins....

If you like history, do not miss this small museum. Right next to my hotel, it was a delight that I... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2014
Great Falls, Montana
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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 22 January 2014

This is a gem, an dig under the city centre where you can visit a 1000+ year old longhouse. The interactive stuff works brilliantly and the staff are exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I bought one of the Icelandic Sagas while I was...More

1  Thank Soozz
Reviewed 21 January 2014

If you like history, do not miss this small museum. Right next to my hotel, it was a delight that I spent lots of time in but can be done more quickly if you have children. Seeing the actual walls of the ruins is almost...More

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Reviewed 16 January 2014

A small museum built around an excavated longhouse. Excellent interactive interfaces, a worthwhile 2 hour visit

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Reviewed 16 January 2014 via mobile

This gem of a museum is built over the ruins of a Viking longhouse discovered when renovations were being carried out. The display is interactive and really informative letting you get a glimpse of Viking life and the history of the people. The story of...More

Thank matta1981
Reviewed 13 January 2014

The Settlement Exhibition is well worth a visit, and is a very innovative preservation and public display of some of Iceland's most Important archaeology. The quality and attention to detail in the interpretation that is there is excellent, however we felt there was room for...More

Thank SausageTravel
Reviewed 10 January 2014

I felt that I learnt a lot about primitive life in reykjavik. The original findings were interestng and the display around the mainviking longhouse with the interactive display was displayed cleverly. I did feel that the entrance fe was slightly high for what it was.

Thank Debbie Q
Reviewed 10 January 2014 via mobile

For anyone interested in Iceland, in the Vikings or in exploration in general, this has to feature on your itinerary. This unique view of the earliest evidence of human habitation on the island in presented simply, in its original location. For me, the simplicity worked...More

1  Thank George L
Reviewed 8 January 2014

Although probably the most "high-tech" museum, there was no staff interaction, and effectively one round mound of earth. Not worth entrance fee.

2  Thank TR2304
Reviewed 3 January 2014

There is very little to see, very much to hear if you buy the headphones and recording with the ticket. Actually it's complimentary and only about $12 or so. The two staff people are wonderful - at least the afternoon I was there.

Thank VikeSavoth
Reviewed 2 January 2014

Small interesting museum; One floor, some interesting history all around the discovery of an ancient and relatively well preserved long house. Check it out and learn something about this great little country.

1  Thank CHD3
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for kids
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not more than 1 hour
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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