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“Excellent museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Viking World

Viking World
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Admission Ticket to Viking World Museum with Optional Transfer from Keflavik
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Keflavik
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Exeter, United Kingdom
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“Excellent museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

Easy to spot from the main road as the building is glass and the viking ship easy to see. We were the only visitors at the time and were made so welcome. The gentleman explained the layout of the museum and answered our questions easily as he is friends with the man who built the ship. We were offered free coffee as we walked around the museum which was a nice touch as we had just come from the Blue Lagoon where the wind had frozen us to pieces.

The ship is the céntral piece of the museum and is so impressive. You are allowed to stand on board and the way the building is designed allows you to look out to sea and imagine life on board one of these battle ships. The museum to the side and information around the ship provides lots of detail for the visitor.

It cost us the equivalent of £10 to get in for two adults as the children were free - ages 13 and 9. The short videos on the macs around the ship kept the children interested and informed.

All in all a great ship , fantastic building and great value for money for an hour or more. We recommend this as a place to visit when in Iceland.

Visited April 2013
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Lexington, Kentucky
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“I liked it !!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

Very interesting to see this Viking ship. Great people working there.
The location next to the sea it very special and all the items with lot of history. Something for everyone.

Visited March 2013
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Interesting museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

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.

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