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The Settlement Exhibition

Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6370
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Yes it is small, but the Vikings were not exactly masters of building!

Iceland was settled by Vikings. Beside being world class pillagers they were farmers. These were... read more

Reviewed June 20, 2017
Los Angeles
dark and dreary

Waste of money. Poorly lit. Artifacts not well displayed. Poor presentation. I do not recommend... read more

Reviewed June 20, 2017
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At The Settlement Exhibition in Adalstraeti visitors can experience the settlement of Iceland in late 9th century through two remarkable exhibitions. The Settlement Exhibition revolves around an excavated site, the actual remains of a Viking Age longhouse that have been preserved in situ. The exhibition gives an invaluable insight into the life and times of the first people to inhabit the Reykjavik area and the ways in which they adapted to their new environment. The exhibition is founded on archaeological and other scientific research and introduces visitors to the latest facts and interpretations forwarded by a range of experts who have concentrated on this period of our history. Settlement Sagas comprises some of the nation's most renowned documents, many of them written in the twelfth century but relating events that go back as far as 874 AD, when the first settlers are said to have come to Iceland. Recognised by UNESCO as having outstanding cultural value These two exhibitions hosted by the Reykjavik City Museum afford an unprecedented view into the origins of Icelandic culture. One is based on archaeological findings from the days of the Settlement and the other on manuscripts documenting the same period. This is also the first time Iceland's literary heritage and archaeological history have been placed side by side for the general public. In addition, the preservation of these precious manuscripts is one of the reasons why UNESCO officially designated Reykjavik as a City of Literature in 2011.
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Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Reviewed June 20, 2017

Iceland was settled by Vikings. Beside being world class pillagers they were farmers. These were not master builders or stone masons. What is left of their early settlements across Iceland is few and far between. We are lucky to even have this area to visit....More

Thank DrMitch
Reviewed June 20, 2017

Waste of money. Poorly lit. Artifacts not well displayed. Poor presentation. I do not recommend this museum, Expensive.

Thank p169649
Reviewed June 20, 2017

The exhibition center is just in the downtown. If you have a city card, the admission fee is included. I like learning about the history and this center just does the job. It's not large but the displays are quite informative.

Thank Ruby D
Reviewed June 18, 2017 via mobile

We payed a lot for a tour of 15 minutes with just a lot of rocks and a hole in the center. I seriously don't racomand it

1  Thank Luigi N
Reviewed June 17, 2017

As we had limited time to visit museums, this museum seemed to be the most mentioned. Very nicely, this museum focused on how Iceland was initially settled. The exhibits focused on archeological excavations, which a full recreation of an ancient house foundation, and other artifacts...More

Thank James W
Reviewed June 16, 2017

Quick visit. Very interesting exhibition. I really liked it. Kids in the place seemed to enjoy it too!

Thank annmaria2016
Reviewed June 15, 2017

This was a super little exhibition, right in the city of Reykjavik, easy to find. Free entry, not busy and time to take a good look around, very well done, modern and informative.

Reviewed June 12, 2017

This was a fascinating up close look at early Viking life at an actual archealogical dig site right in the middle of Reykjavik. The exhibit is set up well and gives visitors a clear idea of what life was like in the time of the...More

1  Thank Steve F
Reviewed June 12, 2017

Excellent information on the construction and use of a traditional longhouse home used during the Settlement era in Iceland. Opportunities to identify the various structural elements. I would visit the National Museum first and this second.

Thank Cromeracw
Reviewed June 11, 2017

It can be hard to make archaeology exhibits interesting. But this museum does an outstanding job of providing context for the long house so you really understand it. Great mix of things they excavated and modern exhibit technology.

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Response from Karin G | Reviewed this property |
not more than 1 hour
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June 20, 2017|
Response from Forevermui | Reviewed this property |
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
January 28, 2017|
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Yes 9am - 6pm daily