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Vikin Maritime Museum

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Address: Grandagardur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Phone Number:
+354 517 9400
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Víkin – the Reykjavík Maritime MuseumThe Museum is situated in Reykjavik’s...

Víkin – the Reykjavík Maritime MuseumThe Museum is situated in Reykjavik’s picturesque active fishing harbor, only a 10 minute walk from the city center. Enjoy the fantastic view of the boats, fishermen and birdlife before entering the museum. For centuries Icelanders depended heavily on fishing and the sea for survival, and as a result the country has a long and rich maritime history. In the Reykjavik Maritime Museum you can explore this history, including beautiful ship-models, realistic scenery as well as both dried and life fish! The magnificent Coast Guard Vessel Óðinn, who took part in all three cod wars, is a part of the museum, docked outside in the beautiful harbor. Guided tours, please ask at the entrance. A wonderful place for a fun day out with family or friends!

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We walked around the harbour and then decided to visit this museum. We spent a couple of hours enjoying the exhibitions. There is a special section on Icelandic Seawomen and also... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Ossett, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place to find out the history of the fisher folk of Iceland. We sat and watched a video for about an hour on the life and a day of a fishing crew of the 1800's. The rest of the information was also very good. There is a charge but as with a couple of other museums... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We walked around the harbour and then decided to visit this museum. We spent a couple of hours enjoying the exhibitions. There is a special section on Icelandic Seawomen and also a section on the Cod War ! Other pieces focus on fishing over the centuries. We watched a film which reenacted the fishing from a rowing boat and was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This interesting two level museum is located around the Old Reykjavik harbour. It illustrates in graphic and model form the history of this beautiful island and has a useful section on the role of women in the sea.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't spend much time in the museum itself but there is a fair amount to look at upstairs showing maritime life through the ages. Learnt lots of new things. Big focus on the Cod Wars. Took a tour of the boat ODIN in the marina (seems to be Icelandic version of HMS Belfast/SS Great Britain type of attraction). My family... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are going to eat the fish and chips you might as well stop by this museum to see what Iceland fought for to get it on your plate!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small museum located on the waterfront in Reykjavik. It takes visitors through the history of the maritime tradition in the country, from the very early days through modern times. When we were there they had an extra exhibit on women's roles in this tradition, when we found very interesting. Definitely worth a visit!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just dropped in by off chance as it was rainy and found it a really interesting place to wonder around for a coup,e of hours

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a brilliant tour of Odinn with Agnar Jonas Jonnsson. My husband had been serving on frigates and was out in Iceland when the Odinn rammed the ship during one of the two cold wars. He was really interested in the ship and Agnar had a wealth of information to share. You get to go round the whole ship including... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is easy to miss if you don't use your city guide map. It's easy to confuse it, w/the other Viking museum near City Hall. Just keep in mind this one is by the water.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum was great, learned a lot of things here. It's a decent size and right on the old harbor. There are some great exhibits to take photos with. Easy to get to.

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