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The Settlement Exhibition

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How often do you get to visit 871?

We really didn't know what to expect when we decided to visit. This museum was built on top of a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
RavenShade
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Settlement House

Very nice first stop, a lot of information, maps, the guide told us many other places to visit. The... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
lynnea306
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The Settlement Exhibition - Step into the Viking Age. An open excavation where Viking ruins meet digital technology. Just below ground in downtown Reykjavik, this open excavation uncovers the city's Viking Age history. Discovered during building...more
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We really didn't know what to expect when we decided to visit. This museum was built on top of a settlement that was dated to at least 871 (+/- 2 years). It was so cool to be that close to the actual remnants of a...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Very nice first stop, a lot of information, maps, the guide told us many other places to visit. The building houses a re-creation of a settlement from long ago. It is self guided, interactive, it was very interesting to hear about early settlements and how...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

A very informative experience, so well done. Clear descriptions of preserved artifacts. Information is accessable to short people!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a MUST see exhibition. You learn so much from this visit and we loved it. The dinning area in the building has delicious local food too!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

As an Icelandic tour guide I went there to study up on Icelandic history. I loved seeing the first Viking house discovered here in Iceland and then seeing the interactive screen and how you can scroll through the building structure of the house as it...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A stunning exhibition showing the actual Viking long-house. They did an incredible job building the museum AROUND the actual Viking ruins without disturbing them.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My father and I wandered in here and has a great time checking out the nifty displays. High tech! You also get a ticket to see the oldest house in town too so win win!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing is wrong here, many small artifacts are nicely framed into their actual use in history. Accurate and tasteful. It is kinda a one room exhibit for small items to display. Set up nicely as a Viking great room with higher tech interactive displays superimposed....More

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Gudrun Helga S, Public Relations Manager at The Settlement Exhibition, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review we appreciate it very much. Though I can't help wondering if you just maybe missed the main focus of this exhibition (since you fail to mention it), namely the ruins of an actual Viking long house that is placed on...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a great museum. It was fascinating to walk around and see and hear so much about the settlement. Even more fascinating to turn inward and see the actual settlement in the center! Very well laid out and with enough technology to keep everyone interested...More

Thank Frank E
HeraI2, Marketing at The Settlement Exhibition, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback, Frank. Nothing pleases us more than hearing that we helped visitors make good memories of their time in Iceland! Have a great day :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The best museum in Reykjavik is right in the centre of the old settlement. It is built around an archaeological site which is the remains of a Viking long house. Fabulous interactive displays give extensive information about the Viking way of life. It’s very powerful.

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HeraI2, Marketing at The Settlement Exhibition, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback, Janet. Nothing pleases us more than hearing that we helped visitors make good memories of their time in Iceland! Have a great day :)

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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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