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Saga Museum

Grandagardi 2, Reykjavik, Iceland
+354 511 1517
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Ranked #22 of 68 Attractions in Reykjavik
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: A Viking Museum that intimately recreates key moments in Icelandic early history, moments that have...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: A Viking Museum that intimately recreates key moments in Icelandic early history, moments that have determined the fate of our people and which give a compelling view into how Icelanders have lived for more than a millennium. From the time of the earliest settlers, history is brought to life in a unique and exciting way, with life-like wax wax figurines. Visitors are guided through the museum with an audio-guide.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

We went all the way to perlan on the bus in very bad weather only to find out the museum had moved to the harbour. We then endured a long wait and two bus rides later we arrived at the saga museum. The wax works were very life like and interesting. The kids will love it. Adults think twice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

There is a 30 minute audio tour. It's pretty interesting, but I'm not sure if it's worth the $20USD. They have Wi-Fi and a place where you can try on Viking costumes.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

It was a snowy day in Iceland and we had a tour cancelled - so we made the most of it by heading out here. The museum was fantastic - the models so lifelike - and at the end you can watch the presentation that shows how they have been made so expertly. The audio guide tells some interesting history... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 via mobile

Getting to the museum by foot from the center of town would've been a snap but with intense wind and snow it wasn't a piece of cake. Of course if you're not dealing with any horrible weather it'll be easy. The little coffee shop that greeted us once we entered was welcome relief and served up a tasty croissant and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The brochure advertized "real Viking screams" and the audio guide did in fact deliver! A fascinating glimpse into Iceland's interesting history and people. I enjoyed the brief documentary after the tour, showing how all the figures were made, as well as the historical clothes and armor dress up area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It has a very detailed description of history of Iceland and the people. Sometimes the wax figures are not enough to look at as the story is told but generally it flows well. The story is told both with audio guide and on plaques, it takes about 30 mins to go through. At the end you can dress in Viking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Great for all the family. Learn about the early settlers of iceland. When you come out of the attraction you can even dress as a viking with swords axes chain male and helmets then take your own pictures next to a real viking for free. Great fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

A decent little museum with very very lifelike figures. At £5 each it seems a decent deal in Iceland.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We walked here from our downtown hotel and arrived one hour before closing. As we were preparing to purchase our tickets, the lady looked at our kids and then leaned into us and asked if either me or my wife would like to take a quick sneak-peak at the exhibit (she said it may freak some of the kids out).... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This was a great place to begin to understand the history of Iceland - from the Vikings and Norwegian settlers to the Irish slaves. Lifelike models depict life as it was in the day. The best part was dressing up as a Viking and taking photos! So fun! The coffee shop is wonderful - best coffee ever and the date... More 

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