Viking World
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Viking World is the home of the Viking Ship Íslendingur (the Icelander). Built in 1996, Icelander is an exact replica of the famous Gokstad ship, a remarkable archaeological find of an almost completely intact Viking ship, excavated in Norway in 1882. Viking World is also a home of the Viking millennium exhibition produced by the Smithsonian Institution called Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga. This exhibition sheds light onto the Norse settlement and explorations of unknown lands. These two fine projects, both celebrate Iceland's central role in the discovery of North America a 1000 years ago by the Norse Vikings. They have now found a permanent home in Viking World, a spectacular modern building situated right by the Faxafloi bay in the town of Reykjanes, and can be easily spotted from the main road between the international airport and Reykjavík.
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  • R K
    60 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice museum
    Viking World is a nice, though rather small museum. If you have a little knowledge about the Viking Age, the only really interesting thing is the replica of the Gokstad ship. It is great that you can go on the ship and look at all the details. We were in luck, for they had a temporary VR-experience, which was lots of fun.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • patn03
    Minneapolis, Minnesota715 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting for a rainy day, but small
    Interesting information and a good way to spend some time inside on a rainy day, but just ok. Lots of reading, a few artifacts. The boat was cool, but the boat and the VR experience are the only things other than reading signs to do here. We usually take a long time at museums, but we had read and looked at everything within an hour and a half.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 6, 2023
  • berlingogirl
    Germany100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect intro into Viking history of Iceland in under 1 hour
    Travelling in Iceland with my teenage son (14 yo) I wanted us to learn some viking history without boring him to death. This place is perfect! It's small, modern, located on the road close to the airport, it has the exact replica of a viking ship that you can walk on and explore in detail, it has a room with some viking history written in English with well presented artefacts that my son found v. interesting AND it has the gameified VR experience upstairs that we both loved. All this takes about 1 hour and ticks several boxes on the agenda. Totally worth it and highly recommended!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 6, 2023
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Eve
Atlantic Beach, FL47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Gave it a go after a cancelled flight being stuck here a day.

I really very much enjoyed it. Good for 2 hours if you read every single cars, which I did. I especially like you are allowed to enter/experience the Viking boat.

There was one black maze area, I think with saga illustrations/ cartoons that I feel locals understand. As an American, I had no idea what was going on. Could use a sign or two, at least at the beginning.... otherwise, very well done and worth a visit.
Written June 5, 2022
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Busker999
Tonbridge, UK1,488 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Good place to visit nearby to the Blue Lagoon. Has some of the original icelandic homes just outside. A both interactive and non history of the vikings. Great repluca of a viking ship in the middle. The cafe wasnt running but free coffee available.
Written December 7, 2021
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berlingogirl
Germany100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Travelling in Iceland with my teenage son (14 yo) I wanted us to learn some viking history without boring him to death. This place is perfect! It's small, modern, located on the road close to the airport, it has the exact replica of a viking ship that you can walk on and explore in detail, it has a room with some viking history written in English with well presented artefacts that my son found v. interesting AND it has the gameified VR experience upstairs that we both loved. All this takes about 1 hour and ticks several boxes on the agenda. Totally worth it and highly recommended!
Written November 6, 2023
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Veronika D
14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Visited to kill time while it was pouring down.
It's a bit exciting to see how the soup Islendingur was built but the overall exhibition is a bit messy.
There was some cardboard exhibition of Viking Gods but that was just to fill in the space. Would be more fun to make it more "hands on".
Written November 1, 2022
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R K
60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Viking World is a nice, though rather small museum. If you have a little knowledge about the Viking Age, the only really interesting thing is the replica of the Gokstad ship. It is great that you can go on the ship and look at all the details. We were in luck, for they had a temporary VR-experience, which was lots of fun.
Written August 3, 2023
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1stTraveller2000
Oklahoma City, OK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Interesting museum in a fun town. The museum is beautifully designed, with the viking ship Icelander being their main showcase. The ship is a 100% accurate replica of an authentic viking ship that was found and dug up in the 18th or 17th century. So this ship is the closest to any viking ship that you will find.

The Vikings were during 1000 the masters of sailing and were among the had the best ships in the world and sailed from Europe to Iceland and later they sailed to NA and found North America.

Some local shipbuilder decided to build this replica and he sailed on it to USA in the year 2000 to celebrate the 1000th years since discovering America.

The museum had some wonderful other showcases. I recommend the museum to everyone that wants to learn about Iceland's historical culture and story.
Written December 20, 2012
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3StupidCats
Somerville, MA96 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
If you have 1600 ISK burning a hole in your pocket on your way to the airport, then by all means, stop by and witness the space filling secrets of the vikings.

Seriously, there's a reproduction of a viking long ship that you can walk on. That much is really cool. The rest of the museum is just a monument to doing the bare minimum possible to fill a room.

Highlights include:
- A couple nails.
- Some beads
- A couple plaques with things most 5th graders already knew about Lief Erickson.
- A drawing of a tower in Newport, Rhode Island.
- A breakfast buffet (the cafeteria might actually be bigger than the exhibit space)
- An entire floor of decorative dioramas that look like someone story boarding a Power Puff Girls episode.

Altogether I spent about a half hour there including 10 minutes wondering where the rest of the museum was, and learned a grand total of zero things. Might recommend skipping it unless you really hate money or really love dioramas.
Written October 12, 2017
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Extraordinary79687
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This place is in the middle of nowwher. If you are going by Public Transport it is not easy to get to and farnkly of all the things to do in Iceland probaly the lest impressive once you get there. Staff are pleasant but the diplays are inimal and it took about 30 minutes to go through.
Written August 3, 2019
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DrSCalvin
Wasilla, AK63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Much better than many museums I have visited. Hands on exhibits helped to learn how Vikings lived. The opportunity to walk the deck of the Islendingur was powerful! The Virtual Reality experience of a battle was a blast!
Written August 10, 2022
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mcklin12
78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
This is a very small museum, not exactly worth a trip in and of itself. The cost of entry is a little steeper than I'd say is normally worth it - the viking replica ship suspended in the main area is a nice touch, especially with it being actually sailed. Come for a quick history review of viking in general and some specifics about Iceland. During the summer there's a petting zoo which is nice for a family. Oh, and I got to put on two viking helmets so worth it.
Written October 20, 2019
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