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“Minimal Hours, but Interesting Museum”

Vikin Maritime Museum
Ranked #30 of 180 things to do in Reykjavik
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Owner description: Víkin – the Reykjavík Maritime MuseumThe Museum is situated in Reykjavik’s picturesque active fishing harbor, only a 10 minute walk from the city center. Enjoy the fantastic view of the boats, fishermen and birdlife before entering the museum. For centuries Icelanders depended heavily on fishing and the sea for survival, and as a result the country has a long and rich maritime history. In the Reykjavik Maritime Museum you can explore this history, including beautiful ship-models, realistic scenery as well as both dried and life fish! The magnificent Coast Guard Vessel Óðinn, who took part in all three cod wars, is a part of the museum, docked outside in the beautiful harbor. Guided tours, please ask at the entrance. A wonderful place for a fun day out with family or friends!
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“Minimal Hours, but Interesting Museum”
Reviewed August 16, 2011

The opening hours here are ridiculous. I'm a morning person and was annoyed that nothing in Iceland opens before 10, but the Maritime Museum doesn't unlock the doors until 11am.

The museum is quite a hike from most of Reykjavik, at the far end of the old harbor. It's easier to take a bus there. The place is located in a former fish processing plant that is being gentrified. In addition to the museum, there are pleasant condos in the building.

Iceland's history revolves around the water, and this place does a great job of explaining that. It was amazing to see how tiny the first boats that crossed the Atlantic were and also to see how enormous the 20th Century fishing trawlers were. I'm not really a nautical person, but I still found this museum fascinating.

There is an admission fee, but it is free with the Reykjavik Welcome Card.

Visited August 2011
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Vikin_Maritime, Manager at Vikin Maritime Museum, responded to this review, November 22, 2011
Dear guest

Thank you for your review, it is very helpful to get feedback on our work here at the Reykjavik Maritime Museum. In the summer of 2012 we do plan to extend the opening hours, open at 10 am and close at 6 pm

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“surprisingly interesting”
Reviewed July 10, 2011

It is a very well made museum, easy accessible, and children friendly! You can actually touch things and experience the old seaman life, as, for instance, spread salt on salt fish or lay down in the ship bunk beds, or touch old mariner's clothes!

Visited July 2011
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Vikin_Maritime, Manager at Vikin Maritime Museum, responded to this review, November 22, 2011
Dear AnnKit

Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed the museum!

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“Icelandic Maritime Museum "Maybe-See"”
Reviewed June 19, 2011

The museum looks impressive on approach with a large wooden trawler on the left, the retired Odinn coast guard boat straight ahead and a rusted Vikin Museum logo overhead.

Interesting artifacts include Thor's Hammer, displayed throughout the museum, which is a viking symbol otherwise known as a swastika that was used to determine if someone had stole an item from someone else. There is a small restaurant and an area devoted to the fishing industry featuring old video footage of Icelandic women salting fish shortly before the rapid decline in fish population.

A tour of the ship, Odinn, is interesting if you have never been on a small/midsize vessel. Our tour guide was a very pleasant but at most times an uninformative retired Icelandic fisherman.

Overall, this makes for a decent daytime excursion when coupled with a walk along the seawall past the opera house and towards the metal Viking boat sculpture. Alternatively, it could be enjoyed after a bicycle tour of Reykjavik.

If you're interested in seafaring and find yourself in the area it could be quite an enjoyable experience.

Visited June 2011
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Vikin_Maritime, Manager at Vikin Maritime Museum, responded to this review, November 22, 2011
Dear Guest

Thank you for a thorough and detailed review. Feedback from guests helps us to know what we are doing right and what we need to improve.

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“A great museum!”
Reviewed July 2, 2010

The Maritime Museum in Reykjavik is a fantasic museum with exhibitions for the whole family. Five exhibitions halls with really interesting exhibitions. The Coast Guard Vessel Ódinn is really interesting with its history, Cod wars and more. Everyone should be able to enjoy this!

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Vikin_Maritime, Manager at Vikin Maritime Museum, responded to this review, November 22, 2011
Dear Zolan

Thank you for your review, it is very helpful.

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