The Settlement Exhibition

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The Settlement Exhibition
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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 work, then carefully excavated, these remnants of the past are the earliest evidence of human settlement in the city. Family-friendly, including a children's activity area, this multimedia exhibition uses creative technology to immerse you in the Viking Age. Open daily 09:00-18:00 (9 am - 6 pm). Guided tours in summer on weekdays at 11:00. Address: Tryggvagata 15, 101 Reykjavik The Settlement Exhibition is part of Reykjavik City Museum: One museum in five unique places. Welcome!
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Elina Michaelidou
London, UK413 contributions
Aug. 2021
An interesting exhibition space about the Settlement era in Iceland with the ruins of an old house in the middle. You can illuminate different parts of the house to clearly understand the space they took and where exactly there are located.
Written 12 January 2022
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bwal2n
Chapin, SC14 contributions
Aug. 2021
My wife and visited our first day in Reykjavik after we dropped our bags at the Kvosin Hotel just three blocks away. Very nicely done modern displays as you walked around the, now underground, foundation of an Icelandic home from the 780's. Many artifacts, informative yet interesting history, a nice movie with a great presenter and staff.
Written 31 December 2021
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martyphil
Green Bay, WI35 contributions
Dec. 2021
Really fascinating to see an archeological site in Reykjavik. To see a real place people !lived so long ago. I.e 830's after traveling across oceans so long ago. Amazing and so informative. The best informational show of how people lived so long ago in Iceland.
Written 20 December 2021
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davidplicata
New York City, NY7 contributions
Dec. 2021
The museum was built around an actual Viking long house, complete with the archaeological artifacts found at the site.
Written 12 December 2021
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jbmosher
Boulder, CO9 contributions
Oct. 2021
We are so glad we visited this museum. It is a very well done, interactive and engaging walk through the history of people in Iceland. We're just sorry we didn't visit it on our first trip to Iceland!
Written 17 November 2021
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Elly D
14 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Solo
Take note that this is an exhibition, not an entire museum. Centrally located, it's easy to find and a good way to spend half an hour, with interesting artifacts and comprehensive information about the settlement era.
Written 14 November 2021
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Emily
Portsmouth, UK184 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Friends
Only downside is it’s a small 1 room museum it would be nice if they extended it as it really is quite good. Real remains of a long house where you can press buttons that light up the parts you’re reading about. Small finds from the dig with information. Interactive screens with the story of the first settlers and their lives etc. Good information and worth a visit as it’s quite cheap it’s worth it.
Written 11 November 2021
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Bonne S
Hebron, KY64 contributions
Oct. 2021
Very informative and well-presented exhibition. You really do get the sense of being in a Viking Age settlement!
Written 26 October 2021
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Michael C
2 contributions
Oct. 2021
The Settlement Exhibit details the archeological remains of the early settlers in Iceland. The primary focus is the foundation of a longhouse that was discovered and excavated in the current city. Descriptions of artifacts and how they were dated are explicitly explained and provide real insight into how the early settlement developed.
Written 20 October 2021
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York1,768 contributions
Aug. 2021
Descend into the basement of an unassuming building near Parliament and you will see the ruins of an old longhouse that dates back to the time of Reykjavik's first settlement. The centrepiece is the ruins of the longhouse. It is surrounded by exhibits of artifacts found in the excavations and modern interpretive displays.
Written 6 October 2021
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The Settlement Exhibition is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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