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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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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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Small, but fun if you are good with reading.

I had the city card so I got free entry. Walking along the water to get here was nice as well. The museum is small, but has some fun information and items. It paints a decent... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There is nothing about Vikings here only info about Icelands Maritime history and Cod Wars! Although it is well put together it is pretty costly for what you actually get to see. Kids were bored silly here, super super bored! Do not take kids here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had the city card so I got free entry. Walking along the water to get here was nice as well. The museum is small, but has some fun information and items. It paints a decent picture about women in the culture/history and upstairs has a good picture into the life of the fishermen and such and what they did.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum was well laid out and very interesting. It had the right mix of maritime artifacts and cultural displays. The history of Iceland is so intertwined with the sea that this is a must. It had some unusual displays such as an authentic kitchen and sitting room from the early 50s with all of the furniture and "modern" devices.... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was part of Golden Circle Advantage Day Trip. The most uninteresting and boring stop. The stops like this make the tour very long. I would prefer to spend more time at main beautiful attractions like Waterfalls and Geyser.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this museum because you can actually go "Hands On" with many of the exhibits. Loved the "Cod Wars" exhibition and film!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Vikin Maritime Museum is everything you could wish in a museum about seafaring peoples. In fact, you don't even have to be interested in seafaring to enjoy this well-organized visual history of a people struggling to survive on what is, essentially, a solid piece of rock. Icelanders seem to have a gift for organizing displays; you can stand back... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The exhibits (at least at the time of our visit) were centered around the role of women in the fishing industry and the Cod Wars with the British. I had anticipated more "maritime" history and, maybe my misunderstanding, but "viking" history. Although it was not what we expected, it was still quite interesting and well-displayed. The entrance fee is fairly... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting museum about Icelandic maritime history and culture. Most interesting part was the very informative interactive display explaining everything about the Cold War between Iceland and U.K.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The maritime museum is rather unique in that it provides quite a bit of information on the role of Icelandic women in fishing as well as a complete history of the Cod War between Iceland and Great Britain. Cod fishing being the economic life blood of Iceland for hundreds of years; the history and significance of this 30+ year conflict... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is more of a fishing museum than a maritime museum. However, it was enjoyable and interesting to see the development of fishing in Iceland throughout the years. The museum is actually very small and the entrance fee is quite expensive when taking this into account. All the exhibits are to do with fishing and there was very little "maritime"... More 

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