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“Decent attraction to fill some time” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition

Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition
Ranked #13 of 176 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.
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“Decent attraction to fill some time”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

This exhibition provides an introduction to the history of Iceland and the area. It's interesting but isn't particularly big so not somewhere to spend a lot of time. I'm not sure how much it usually costs as it was free when we went (as part of the Festival of Lights).

Visited February 2013
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

This is potentially a fascinating exhibition. The free audio guide is a must but make sure that you don't get ahead of the guide. Stay in the "ruins" area until they announce "part 2" and then move to the perimeter wall walking slowly anticlockwise. We spent about half an hour here. There's not really enough to keep you occupied for much longer.

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“Educational without being boring-well worth the time and price,”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

Not a large exhibit, but fascinating and interactive- so glad we visited. Take your time and learn about the people, landscape, and people.

Visited February 2013
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“Well worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

We only visited this exhibition because it was located underneath our hotel - but we're so glad we did. It sounds dull but is really fascinating - a very well put together picture of life in the very early days of Iceland's history, with lots of interaction possible and the extraordinary sight of the actual remains of a ninth century house, with plenty of information to help you understand what life was like in it.

Visited February 2013
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“Great historical lesson”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

This was a very interesting and interactive exhibit. I enjoyed reading about early settlers and how Iceland came to be what it is today.

Visited February 2013
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