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“Brilliant and informative”

The Settlement Exhibition
Ranked #28 of 187 things to do in Reykjavik
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
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 in a side room that seems an afterthought they could have made more of.

We sat next to someone on the plane home who as equally impressed.

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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.

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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 with them. Please note that admissions are high.

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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 at all the ruins of the longhouse and take it in all at once.

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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 together with smart screens all around the area and sound effects. It was really nice visit, suitable for everyone I suppose. By the way I really admired the little gift shop they had there, lovely souvenirs somehow felt more unique that the ones places all over Laugavegur :)

Thank RedaNorth
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