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Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition

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Address: Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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At The Settlement Exhibition in Adalstraeti visitors can experience the...

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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For the Archaeology Buff

An in situ medieval Viking long house left in the matrix it was discovered in. Excellent history and exhibits. Highly recommend.

Reviewed 2 days ago
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An in situ medieval Viking long house left in the matrix it was discovered in. Excellent history and exhibits. Highly recommend.

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Lots of information on the history of Iceland. It's located in a basement and has remnants an ancient house at its center. Loved it!

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed this exhibition. The interactive parts and realistic videos made the place come to life. It was very easy to imagine what life was like, because we didn't have to!

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Although this place is probably considered wheelchair accessible, the museum is actually the basement level of this building and not only is floor not entirely level, there are also sections of the floor that just rocks. The museum is built around the foundation of an old viking house that was excavated around 2000. The plus or minus 2 refers to... More 

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Excellent museum built on the site of an ancient longhouse. friendly staff & well thought out exhibits, both static & great use made of modern av techniques.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My two sons and I found this museum fascinating, effective in conveying information, and delightful in many ways. One learns so much about the origin of settlements in Iceland and in Reykjavik in particular. They do a great job!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting concept of a museum. It is based on the original site and a part of the original excavation is retained. The audio visuals guide were interesting as well. Go if you are interested in history. Small museum so can be covered quickly.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very informative. Gave good background on Icelandic history. Great interactive displays. Reasonably priced

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an interesting exhibit - although quite small. The exhibit itself is well done - with well thought out lighting displays. However, the highlight for our family was the wonderful children's area that is near the entrance. They have traditional Icelandic board games, coloring activities and a nice play area. Our children absolutely loved it - they are ages... More 

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This has the foundation of an old Viking house as well as part of an earlier settlement wall. It will take at most an hour to go through if reading everything and using the interactive exhibits. Good for history buffs, but might be boring for other people.

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