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Vikin Maritime Museum

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Address: Grandagardur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Phone Number:
+354 517 9400
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Víkin – the Reykjavík Maritime MuseumThe Museum is situated in Reykjavik’s...

Víkin – the Reykjavík Maritime MuseumThe Museum is situated in Reykjavik’s picturesque active fishing harbor, only a 10 minute walk from the city center. Enjoy the fantastic view of the boats, fishermen and birdlife before entering the museum. For centuries Icelanders depended heavily on fishing and the sea for survival, and as a result the country has a long and rich maritime history. In the Reykjavik Maritime Museum you can explore this history, including beautiful ship-models, realistic scenery as well as both dried and life fish! The magnificent Coast Guard Vessel Óðinn, who took part in all three cod wars, is a part of the museum, docked outside in the beautiful harbor. Guided tours, please ask at the entrance. A wonderful place for a fun day out with family or friends!

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Now I know about the Cold War

Interesting museum about Icelandic maritime history and culture. Most interesting part was the very informative interactive display explaining everything about the Cold War... read more

Reviewed November 9, 2016
Kilkenny, Ireland
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed November 9, 2016

The exhibits (at least at the time of our visit) were centered around the role of women in the fishing industry and the Cod Wars with the British. I had anticipated more "maritime" history and, maybe my misunderstanding, but "viking" history. Although it was not what we expected, it was still quite interesting and well-displayed. The entrance fee is fairly... More 

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Kilkenny, Ireland
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Reviewed November 9, 2016

Interesting museum about Icelandic maritime history and culture. Most interesting part was the very informative interactive display explaining everything about the Cold War between Iceland and U.K.

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Reviewed November 8, 2016

The maritime museum is rather unique in that it provides quite a bit of information on the role of Icelandic women in fishing as well as a complete history of the Cod War between Iceland and Great Britain. Cod fishing being the economic life blood of Iceland for hundreds of years; the history and significance of this 30+ year conflict... More 

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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Reviewed November 8, 2016

This is more of a fishing museum than a maritime museum. However, it was enjoyable and interesting to see the development of fishing in Iceland throughout the years. The museum is actually very small and the entrance fee is quite expensive when taking this into account. All the exhibits are to do with fishing and there was very little "maritime"... More 

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Orchard Park, New York
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Reviewed November 6, 2016

Depending on hotel can be a bit of a walk, but worth it to learn about the history of vikings. At the end be sure to put on some traditional attire and take your picture. Small cafe, and museum shop attached

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East Anglia
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Reviewed November 3, 2016

Lunch in the café, then a good time learning about all things maritime - we especially loved the exhibition about women at sea, and also the exhibition about the Cod Wars - when we were "the enemy" coming from the UK - but it was all very fairly explained and interesting.

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Worcester, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2016

The display of the Cod Wars period and the history of fishing in Icelandic waters is very well presented. An extra ticket to be guided around Odin the gun boat is worth it.

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Maplewood NJ
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Reviewed October 29, 2016

We decided to stop in after a very late lunch nearby. It was a cold and rainy day and t was nearby and we have a think for boats. The museum is small but full of interesting stuff. The top floor had two exhibits - one on the Cod Wars with Britain with views from both sides and the other... More 

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Reviewed October 21, 2016

An interesting museum with a different slant on Reykjavik maritime history, including women in fishing and the cod wars. Very eclectic mix with something for everyone. The Odinn coast guard vessel is also on display.

Thank 850shaner
Northampton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed October 16, 2016

Definitely a good spot if you're a maritime enthusiast. A good history, with some social and political aspects thrown in as well (women as ship captains, cod wars with Brittain).

Thank Eli M

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