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“For history-minded people”

Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition
Ranked #11 of 179 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.
Tromso, Norway
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“For history-minded people”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

Well this museum presents the oldest traces of settlements in Reykjavik in a rather modern way. While we are facing remains of buildings over 1100 years old the whole complex is filled with projectors, 3D models and interactive maps. There are also some neat artifacts including some runic text and all a in all the atmosphere is quite cozy!

Give it an hour or one hour and a half and you will have learned a lot about early Icelandic history!

Visited March 2014
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“Surprisingly interesting”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

I wondered whether I'd enjoy this particular museum and actually found it very interesting. Lots to read and do, plus genuine ruins dating back into the Viking days. Go see!

Visited March 2014
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“Interesting view of the past.”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

Excellent interactive exhibition which gives an insight into the original buildings and life in Reykjavik.

Visited March 2014
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Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
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“a good history lesson”
Reviewed March 26, 2014

We didn't have a ton of time in Reykjavik, but we wanted to do something that gave us a good overview of the history of Iceland. This exhibition fit the bill. It's not huge, but there's enough there to make it worth while.

Visited February 2014
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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“history made interesting”
Reviewed March 26, 2014

I really enjoyed this exhibition as you travel around a large room with written explanations and holographic figures acting out scenes of life at the time. There are also parts where you have to do something yourself to access the information. It was very disabled friendly with a very cool circular lift to get down to the exhibition.

Visited March 2014
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