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Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition

Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6370
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step back in time

Right in the city center this is based around an excavated long house. Superbly presented and... read more

Reviewed February 3, 2017
Worcester, United Kingdom
Small archeological museum

A great museum to visit if you only have an hour or two to spend. The centre piece is the excavated... read more

Reviewed February 3, 2017
Basildon, United Kingdom
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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 February 3, 2017

Right in the city center this is based around an excavated long house. Superbly presented and interactive. Lots of buttons to press and screens to look at and games for th kids. Some of the history is a little too Viking centric -hmm I thought...More

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Reviewed February 3, 2017

A great museum to visit if you only have an hour or two to spend. The centre piece is the excavated longhouse and artefacts found during the excavation. Good short informative descriptions on the display and clever panoramic imagery around the exhibit. More in depth...More

Thank Habber43
Reviewed February 1, 2017

The Settlement Exhibition is a simple museum but fascinating nonetheless. The museum is built around a longhouse that dates back to 871, plus or minus 2 years. Most of the longhouse is buried in sediment build-up from over the centuries so only the top of...More

Thank SanDiegan79
Reviewed February 1, 2017 via mobile

A small exhibit of a big archaeological site: a full Icelandic hall from the era of Reykjavik's establishment (which was 871±2, which is cleverly referenced at the museum). Lots of artefacts shedding light on the life of the earliest Icelanders, and the site itself is...More

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Reviewed January 31, 2017 via mobile

If digs, history, archeology, Viking life, old things, how they date artifacts, even faintly interest you then go here. Small but step by step you can understand what Reykjavik was like in 871. AD. Highlight of trip. Free for young and over 65. Underrated on...More

Thank paxnrth
Reviewed January 31, 2017

Interesting and compact museum about the origins of Reykjavik. Worth a visit as it's not too big. Staff were very helpful. Lockers were available free of charge for large coats, hats, gloves etc

Thank kvmitchell2016
Reviewed January 30, 2017

The exhibition is informative and interactive and I enjoyed it. However, I think you would have to be extra interested in remains and how the settlers lives in order to enjoy it (as opposed to the National Museum which I consider more versatile and accessible...More

Thank meytal s
Reviewed January 30, 2017

This is very easy to find in 'downtown' Reykjavik and gives excellent information about the Viking settlement in Reykjavik and its links to other Northern Eorpean countries. I can thoroughly recommend this attraction.

Thank lizzie056
Reviewed January 29, 2017

I enjoyed the history and ruins exhibit here at the Settlement Exhibition. It was a highly interactive experience and would be fun for children as well with games and things to see. It was a good couple of hours spent.

Thank Googlebears26
Reviewed January 29, 2017 via mobile

The exhibition is focussed on longhouse remains, interesting to see and learn about but expected more about how Reykjavik was settled and the lives of the people. It was a small exhibition yet you pay a normal museum fee. Interesting but not great value for...More

Thank Kennyaims
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Thomas P
August 11, 2017|
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Response from Bobby159 | Reviewed this property |
About an hour is plenty.
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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Response from Geoff M | Reviewed this property |
Yes 9am - 6pm daily