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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.
Epsom, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Below Average”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Although probably the most "high-tech" museum, there was no staff interaction, and effectively one round mound of earth. Not worth entrance fee.

Visited December 2013
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Summit, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Disappointed But Not Lamenting Visit”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

There is very little to see, very much to hear if you buy the headphones and recording with the ticket. Actually it's complimentary and only about $12 or so. The two staff people are wonderful - at least the afternoon I was there.

Visited December 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Very much worth an hour of your day”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Small interesting museum; One floor, some interesting history all around the discovery of an ancient and relatively well preserved long house. Check it out and learn something about this great little country.

Visited December 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Small but well done and informative”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Seemed too small to be good, but we were impressed by how much good information could be packed in that museum. Easy to follow, intuitive and engaging, this is a good activity for 1-2 hours in Reykjavik. Expensive enough to not get full marks, though.

Visited November 2013
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“Interesting place...”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Good for an hour or so, very friendly staff, lots of interactive bits, good gift shop with 'different' stuff, museum was educational but not preachy. One main room, well laid out.

Visited December 2013
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