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“Best use of Tech to show accurate historical life”

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 December 11, 2013

There are museums and then there are museums. The Icelandic government took the smart road with this exhibition. Right in the oldest part of Reykjavik under a modern day hotel is this fantastic excavation. So, you only spend an hour looking at everything and activating all the interactive technology on offer, but what an hour! Loved it, highly recommend it AND it gets you out of the cold weather.

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Reviewed December 11, 2013

This place was really cool, you get to see the remains of the Viking longhouse from all angles as you learn about life in Iceland during Viking times. It's not too big and they have children's activities so it would probably be a good place to visit with a family as well.

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Reviewed December 9, 2013

You can "do" this in an hour, and you will be so impressed with the technology surrounding the excavated foundation.

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Reviewed December 9, 2013

This is an actual discovery under the hotel which we were staying in. Very interesting to see and well worth a visit. The museum also allow you to take photographs as there are no postcards of the remains of the settlement which is a great shame, with good lighting this display would show much more detail. Interactive site was good, and table at the end was great for the children.

Thank Judith B
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Reviewed December 6, 2013

Loved this museum. We were in Akureyri for our entire trip and just had one day in reykavik on the way back. So glad we found it. We had read that it's only open for groups in the winter but we had no trouble getting in. It was most enjoyable.

Thank joannalan
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