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The Settlement Exhibition

Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6370
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Great Exhibit!

Excellent information on the construction and use of a traditional longhouse home used during the... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2017
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Loved it!

It can be hard to make archaeology exhibits interesting. But this museum does an outstanding job of... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
Washington DC
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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 12 June 2017

Excellent information on the construction and use of a traditional longhouse home used during the Settlement era in Iceland. Opportunities to identify the various structural elements. I would visit the National Museum first and this second.

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Reviewed 11 June 2017

It can be hard to make archaeology exhibits interesting. But this museum does an outstanding job of providing context for the long house so you really understand it. Great mix of things they excavated and modern exhibit technology.

Thank ShowMeSomething
Reviewed 11 June 2017

We went to this on a wet day and were enthralled. It's basically a 'low stone wall' as are many archeological sites but the information is interesting and it gives an insight into early settlement in Iceland.

Thank Anthony C
Reviewed 11 June 2017

I learned a lot about Iceland that I didn't know. This is probably the best museum in Iceland that I visited.

Thank plgks
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Mostly a good place to read about the first settlers in Iceland and how they lived in the Long House

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Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

Really good museum, lots of info well presented and very interesting. It's a bit dark and gloomy. There's a good place with games and stuff for kids (actually we adults enjoyed the games). The shop is OK but ludicrously expensive. There's a bit about animals...More

Thank LondonFriday
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

i went to this museum my last day in Iceland, mainly to kill some time before my flight. however, i was very impressed and found out a lot of fascinating information about the viking age.

Thank sayard7
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Good overall discussion of historic Iceland and how they lived in the harsh climate. Check out the two "media" screens on the wall once inside. Gives a good idea of the impact of the Vikings on Iceland and the woman who they forced to settle...More

Thank NewYorkTravelers
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

Mellow and small museum. Learned some about the Vikings but not really something to write home about. It's 900 ISK to get in (as a student) but not sure it was worth that. Museum is dimly lit so it's hard to get a good look...More

Thank Aisling P
Reviewed 2 June 2017

Settlement exhibition is one of those places where modern meets ancient in very well matching way if that makes sense, It feels like you are so far back in the Viking ages yet so close in nowadays. I loved how the long house was represented...More

Thank RedaNorth
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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
29 January 2017|
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Response from Geoff M | Reviewed this property |
Yes 9am - 6pm daily