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The Settlement Exhibition

Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6370
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What you see are the scant remnants of a Viking-era long house. The museum exhibits provide... read more

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alpennyworth
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If you want to learn about how the first Viking lived, this is the place! The discovery was made... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
JFPaquet
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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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Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Reviewed yesterday

What you see are the scant remnants of a Viking-era long house. The museum exhibits provide context as to how the house would have looked and how the people lived.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you want to learn about how the first Viking lived, this is the place! The discovery was made when the city was making excavation for a new building. Takes about one hour to go trough if you read everything. Worth it, lots of knowledge...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Excellent museum on Icelandic history along with lunch in a quaint country manor restaurant. Lamb was excellent. My finance got the chicken.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is one of the most technologically interesting museums we’ve seen. Multi media, holograms, touch board information displays help show the settlement history of Iceland. Small but well worth it. Right in central square. Free if over 67 years.

Thank Janyce M
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Fab museum with such technology in explaining history with interactive equipment for all the family. This was part of my city ticket which included many many more free fun events and things to do

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was on our list to do. Did not expect it to be underground. But it makes sense that over the millennia the street level has changed. Very informative about the Viking longhouse. Where the inhabitants ancestors came from. The interactive bits were very good...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

You'll know a lot more about the Viking explorers who arrived around 870 AD after you leave. It wasn't discovered until 2015, so the exhibit is modern and very interactive. We arrived just as an English speaking tour was starting, which was great. Good for...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting exhibition built around the foundations of an ancient longhouse. Very well done, with informative displays. Well worth visiting as part of using your Reykjavik city card

Thank clarrieg
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having read a few of the negative reviews posted recently I feel like I need to post my own. I’m not sure what people expected from this museum and comparing it to the Met is a bit ridiculous. This museum is centred around a Viking...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here after seeing it had some relatively good reviews. I’m afraid we were left somewhat underwhelmed with the exhibition for the entry cost. It’s one room with what is admittedly an interesting archaeological site at its centre. Around the room are various boards...More

Thank Mark H
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We didn't visit the Settlement Center at Borgarnes, can't comment on that. However, it might be difficult to drive around Reykjavik City as parking is limited and is chargeable (we walked around in the city). Thus, Reykjavik... More
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