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“VIKING LONGHOUSE, FINE INTERACTIVE DISPLAY”

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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“VIKING LONGHOUSE, FINE INTERACTIVE DISPLAY”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

It's a good thing, (yet hard to believe) that this Viking Longhouse was only unearthed recently. You get the feeling of darkness when you stand and walk around the longhouse.
There are quite a large number of interesting (and educational) interactive displays that enhance the visit, so you can stay as long or short a time.

Visited August 2013
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“A little over rated”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

I think I built it up too much for my daughter as our travel guide said amaxing use of technology - wasn't that amazing. Worth doing though on a rainy afternoon to learn a little more about Reykjaviks history.

Visited August 2013
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“Very professional”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

I found this exhibition very informative about the history of Iceland and well designed. I also found out that it has won some prices .. which is understandable. So yes, I recommend it!

Visited August 2013
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“Works better combined with the National Museum”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

If you can only go to one Museum, go to the National first, but if you can spare the time to go to 2, this will make a very nice addition. a bit pricey though

Visited August 2013
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“Excellent archeology, excellently presented”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

i really enjoyed listening to the audio tour and looking at the great remains discovered under the streets

Visited August 2013
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