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The Settlement Exhibition
Ranked #29 of 179 things to do in Reykjavik
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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 December 6, 2013 via mobile

Great interactive exhibit - cool mix of technology and historical excavation. Took between 45-60 minute for a thorough walk-theough. Staff was helpful, and unique gift shop.

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Reviewed December 6, 2013

This is quite a small exhibition, with some digital video/animation of rather dubious quality and function. The focal point is the remains of a house, and there is a good amount of background information - it didn't really grab me as a must visit attraction though. If its raining, and there isn't much else left, give it a go.
I thought it was expensive for what I got out of it.

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Reviewed December 6, 2013

This exhibit is built around an excavated early Icelandic settlement (AD 871 +/- 2 years funnily enough). It is a great and informative means of understanding the initial settlement of the Island. It also details the lineage of its people through DNA profiling as well as tracing its unique language.

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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Actual settlement from 871 should not be missed! The displays were very interactive and interesting -- we had planned to spend about 30 minutes here but we spent 45 minutes and could have done more! It was very educational and presented in a fun way that kept the kids (ages 13, 12 & 9) attention. Very well done!

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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Small but lots to find out about the Viking long house on display. Very good interactive screens though more seating around would be helpful. A cafe on site would be appreciated too.

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