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Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition
Ranked #11 of 179 things to do in Reykjavik
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Owner description: 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.
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
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“Don't miss”
Reviewed February 17, 2012

learned a lot about the foundation of Iceland. Need to fit thi sin when in Reykjavik

Visited October 2011
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Edinburgh
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“Interactive, modern, worth a visit”
Reviewed February 17, 2012

We decided to visit the place thinking we would spend 20-30 minutes at this exhibition as it was stated in the guide, but we ended up staying for almost 2 hours. It is a relatively small display all around the ruins, but with lot of explanation and interactive screens where you could see what was going on in the past. We learnt a lot about Iceland story, it was fascinating. People who are not curious or minimally technological won't be able to take full advantage from the visit.

Visited February 2012
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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“Interesting”
Reviewed February 12, 2012

I feel a bit mean giving this rating but although the exhibition was very interesting it was a bit lack lustre and only takes about 20 minutes to go round.

Visited February 2012
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Reading, United Kingdom
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“Certainly worth a visit”
Reviewed February 5, 2012

You couldn't spend all day at this exhibition but it was very close to our hotel (Plaza hotel, go out the door - turn left and walk about 100 meters down the road) and certainly worth a visit. We spent about an hour or so there, looking at the settlement and learning about the history of Iceland.

There's a fantastic computer generated house in a smaller room which you can manipulate the view yourself, using your fingers - impressive technology and very informative.

Visited February 2012
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“Well presented and informative”
Reviewed February 1, 2012

Worth a trip to get a brief sense of the history of the city and Iceland. A small place so does not take too long. Great interactive exhibits and friendly staff.

Visited January 2012
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