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“A little bit of old (really old) Reykjavik” 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.
Rochester, New York
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“A little bit of old (really old) Reykjavik”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

Good exhibit, especially if you have a good imagination, of the outline of a very early settlement 'villa' in Reykjavik. This is a very nice museum with useful information on the walls and some videos that give you a sense of how early settlers lived.

Visited March 2013
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“Interesting museum under the city streets”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

It's great to see the conservation of this very old longhouse under the city streets of Reykjavik. The exhibition is very well done, explaining the history and layout of the longhouse in a multimedia way. Definitely worth a visit!

Visited March 2013
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“Winter trip to Iceland”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

A must for history buffs. This is one of the museums included in the Reykjavik welcome card. The assimilation staff provided me with a audio commentary and offered additional information if asked. Before entering pay attention to the stone work in the floor outside the entry door and the glass box around the corner that gives you a look into the excavation and the stonework on the floor shows were the longhouse was.

Visited March 2013
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Connecticut
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“Fascinating presentation of a Viking house”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

The audio-visual presentation of this museum is superb-state of the art. It is an explanation of ancient settlement of Iceland with the remains of a Viking home visible. Well worth an hour for people of all ages.

Visited February 2013
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“Very well set out..”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

This place takes a bit of finding (it's round a corner) but is worth the effort. The museum has been constructed over the top of a recently-discovered 10th Century settlement, which is the centrepiece of the exhibition. Round the side there are imaginative interactive displays, with buttons to press etc. Very pleasant staff. So you can happily spend an hour here and learn something!

Visited March 2013
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