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The Settlement Exhibition
Ranked #12 of 182 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.
Reviewed January 21, 2013

We visited on a very cold and wet day as it wasn't very far to walk to and I am so pleased we did! A very well presented exhibition about the first settlers in Iceland. Comprehensive displays and facinating.

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

This exhibition was a little tricky to find but worth the effort. The AV enhancements really bring Icelandic history to life and the significant archeological element is impressive. I had time to read and watch and get a real feel for this era.

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

A very well presented exhibition about the first settlers in Iceland. The in-situ remains of the house make a brilliant centrepiece.

Thank Gemma S
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

We spent a fantastic hour and half here just wandering through the very informative exhibits showcasing the Viking settlement and history of this group of peoples in Iceland. We came away with a much better understanding of their history. The thing we like about this exhibition is that you dont get sensory overload. Things are presented and explained to you in bite sized portions. A wonderful way to spend an hour or so.

Thank worldtourist21
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

The centrepiece of this museum is an in-situ excavation of a stone and turf long-house. The museum explains how Iceland was settled and the early history. The museum is well kept and very informative. While you are walking around the excavation you think it’s an excellent re-construction until you see the sign saying “The remains of the hall are in their original location” – which is slightly counter-intuitive since it’s in a basement about two metres below current ground level. The site has a lift for disabled access although some of the floors are slightly uneven. The museum has toilets and free lockers for coats & bags.

Thank NickALondon
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