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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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Quick but fun

We were waiting for our hotel room to be available so walked to this museum close by. Very... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2018
Lorraine B
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Fantastic Place

Entry is free with your Reykjavik card. Now, if your just going to breeze in, look round and head... read more

Reviewed 18 February 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 18 February 2018 via mobile

We were waiting for our hotel room to be available so walked to this museum close by. Very interesting and well done, took about 45 minutes if you read everything. This would be good with kids as there are things to touch and experience. Good...More

Thank Lorraine B
Reviewed 18 February 2018

Entry is free with your Reykjavik card. Now, if your just going to breeze in, look round and head out you will have missed most of what is a very rich history of how Iceland was first populated and how the early people lived. Apart...More

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Reviewed 17 February 2018

Not particularly large, but a nice follow on from the National Museum if you have an interest in the Settlement Period

Thank David L
Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

Interesting find with well thoughout physical layout and design. What lacks is the thought in the content. 1. The presentation: I'd suggest watching the film towards the back/middle of the exhibit to first get a big picture of what you're looking at. I appreciate that...More

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Reviewed 16 February 2018

Wasn’t fully sure what to expect and how interesting I’d find this however very pleasantly surprised as is in fact fascinating and very informative. Thoroughly enjoyed it and glad I went.

Thank Adrienne G
Reviewed 16 February 2018

This is a great introduction to Icelandic history. It takes you through the main features of settlement of the island. There are static and interactive exhibits which give interest. Added bonus if you are over 67 you get in for free!

Thank Helen L
Reviewed 12 February 2018

I loved the dig sites inside the museum. For a small space it's really packed with information and interesting. Great for kids and adults. I'd go back again!

Thank kelskel
Reviewed 12 February 2018

This exhibition provided good knowledge in the start of Iceland. The exhibit does not really flow smoothy.

Thank Teresa Y
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Largely a static museum but useful to understand Iceland’s unique geology & early history. Cloakrooms, toilets & gift shop on site, great for a rainy day.

Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

The fact that they found a long house is very cool. If you buy a city pass this museum is free. Lots of reading.

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for kids
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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