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“A Viking ship and excellent stories”
Review of Viking World

Viking World
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$10.57*
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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, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A Viking ship and excellent stories”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

This museum isn't really big, which is too bad, because what it does have is awesome. The Viking ship takes up most of the space and the interactive computer displays were interesting and educational... and you can climb all over it - awesome. My favourite part was the upstairs, where, with an audioguide (which I usually HATE using but in this case...) you are taken though an artistic and impressive series of rooms introducing you to the Viking gods and their stories. I loved it.

Visited August 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Educational”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

Excellent museum with accurate information and interesting artifacts on display. The replica Viking ship was wonderful to see, and you can also walk on to it. My other half loved this museum as he is interested in history.Excellent afternoon out on our way to Keflavik for our last night in Iceland.

Visited September 2013
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Grantham
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“A good Viking Experience!”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

This museum is housed in a modern Art Deco style building with a wall of windows so is very light and welcoming. It is the home of the Viking Ship Islendingur which is an exact replica of the apparently famous Gokstad ship which was excavated in Norway in 1882. This replica ship dominates the hall space and apparently actually sailed across the Atlantic to Newfoundland in 2000 which couldn't have been a very "comfortable" journey for the crew!

There is a bold, bright and colourful Norse Mythology Exhibition in a dark area of the hall which was very cheerful! In the rest of the hall are all sorts of Viking paraphernalia along with excellent large, colourful descriptive boards plus both shop and café areas. I was on a cruise excursion and, as always, didn't really get enough time to have a "proper" look round. However, I enjoyed what I saw and would recommend it to other travellers.

Visited August 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“The Viking ship on display was great”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

This museum was an excellent way to get our visit to Iceland started. Its not very far from the International airport in Keflavik. A pretty easy place to visit with not an overload of artifacts. In fact the main artifact is a replica of a Viking ship that was actually sailed to North America. Apart from the history of the Viking migration, you also get to touch and walk on to the hull of the Viking ship. For a history buff, this was worth the admission itself. The gentleman behind the counter dressed up in Viking clothing was also a great source of historical information on Viking ships. Served as a great welcome to Iceland for us before embarking on the drive into Reykjavik.

Visited August 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Ideal place to visit before boarding your flight”
Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

We arrived at the airport too early so popped into here. It is a small museum on the coast. It is great for children (and adults with a low attention span) because it provides just the right amount of information without overwhelming you. It was fantastic to see the replica boat and to watch videos about how it's viking design is very clever indeed There is also quite an odd bit to the museum, where you listen to Viking sagas whlst walking around some colourful scenes. Some of the sagas were a bit bloodthirsty (eg hanging bodies in a tree as part of a festival) but my children didn't seem too bothered by it (the scenes themselves were fine though). They would definitely recommend this little museum to others.

Visited August 2013
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