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The Settlement Exhibition

Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6370
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Small, but well-designed, informative exhibition

Especially the illustration of the ash layer at the walls corresponded well with the information on... read more

Reviewed 17 July 2013
Petra G
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Berlin, Germany
Very cool

I agree this was a little pricey... and there is a LOT of reading if you want there to be, but... read more

Reviewed 17 July 2013
Erin M
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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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Reviewed 17 July 2013

Especially the illustration of the ash layer at the walls corresponded well with the information on how the years of the first settlement was detected. On the computers in the hall and in the exhibition one can find even more info, also well-prepared and understandable.

Thank Petra G
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

I agree this was a little pricey... and there is a LOT of reading if you want there to be, but there are some really neat interactive spots, and it's a good intro into some portions of Icelandic history. We enjoyed it, and I'd recommend...More

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Reviewed 16 July 2013

You can skip the national museum, this is the place to go to learn about how the first people came to Iceland.

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Reviewed 16 July 2013

A small but nicely laid out museum, with the foundations of one of the very first buildings in Reykjavik at its centre. A bit dark, so watch out for the uneven floor surfaces!

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Reviewed 16 July 2013

This is a small museum, based around a 10 th century Viking Longhouse . It had been excavated. The information is presented in an interesting way. The free audioguide is good. It's certainly worth a visit, to learn about the history of Iceland .

Thank Clare005
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

Come here if you like to read... a lot...and see very little. Basically a pile of stone and dirt in the middle of a room with a bunch of writing on the wall. I appreciate a good museum, but this is a good one to...More

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Reviewed 13 July 2013

Here, the visitor gains an excellent insight into how it is assumed Iceland was settled. Time required ...one hour or so.

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Reviewed 12 July 2013 via mobile

Im not sure how the other reviewers managed to stay two hours as our stay lasted only 45 minutes or so and that in itself dragged by. The boards were informative but the only real interactive displays were buggy software amd crashed while using a...More

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Reviewed 5 July 2013

This settlement exhibition is great option to visit in Reykjavik in case people are interesting about Icelandic history, about settlement, or even are my tourist very interesting when their profession or in urbanization, architectures and similar. You can find there out line of land 871...More

Thank Mercury G
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Reviewed 4 July 2013

If you're interested in Viking-era history, this is a unique look at what researchers have already found (the ruins of a centuries-old longhouse) and what they're still learning (theories on how the house might have looked, and what that might mean for the early settlers...More

Thank J N
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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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