Viking World

Viking World, Keflavik: Hours, Address, Viking World Reviews: 4/5

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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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Epicureously
London, UK1,091 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
We had a couple of spare days in Keflavik where there isn’t much to do. We took a walk along the coast one morning about 5k to the Viking museum. We knew it would be closed but it’s a nice walk and you also pass through the little house in the moss.
The museum building is very interesting and good to photograph itself.
It’s quite small.
Written July 7, 2020
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Eve
Atlantic Beach, FL18 contributions
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, UK827 contributions
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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1stTraveller2000
Oklahoma City, OK15 contributions
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, MA98 contributions
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
6 contributions
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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mcklin12
78 contributions
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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1josh777
NJ54 contributions
Aug 2019
I found this museum to be very small but did have good information and the view was very pretty. You can go into the boat and take pictures.
Written September 8, 2019
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GodJul2014
Fjallbacka, Sweden25 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
We had a 6.5 hr layover in Iceland so we went to the Viking museum. It was a small museum but with lots of information and history. The front desk was kind enough to hold our heavy carry on packs while we explored. The viking ship built was fun to enter and information on the main floor was interesting. There was an audio tour available in the 2nd floor about the Viking Gods, but we didn't take part of that. The cab ride from Keflavik International airport took aprox 15 min each way.
Written August 7, 2019
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Jenny
4 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
My sister and I stopped here during our layover. We took a cab with our luggage. After we bought tickets staff offered to store our bags behind the front desk. As we were leaving I mentioned that we needed to call a cab and before I could ask for help she was on the phone calling one for us. They made our visit easy and worry-free!

The museum is in a modern building that stands out from the surroundings. It's right on the sea with great views. Inside is a replica Viking ship that retraced Leif Eriksson's route to Greenland and North America 1000 years ago. There are other exhibits about Vikings and some artifacts. We spent maybe 2 hours there. Good place to go on a shorter layover.
Written July 24, 2019
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