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Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition

Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6370
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Excellent archaeological exhibition

We spent a couple hours here reviewing the earliest archaeological evidence of Iceland's earliest... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Saint Joseph, Michigan
Interesting concept, too expensive, but free kids area

I was really looking forward to this exhibition and the chance to see the ruins of an ancient... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Betsy C
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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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Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6370
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a couple hours here reviewing the earliest archaeological evidence of Iceland's earliest settlers dating right back to 870 A.D. Very interesting and informative, including evidence of a very early turf house and long house. There also were good computer info displays. It cost...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was really looking forward to this exhibition and the chance to see the ruins of an ancient Viking longhouse with explanations and interactive displays. However the whole museum was very poorly lit, I don't know if perhaps this is to protect the ruins, but...More

Thank Betsy C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We swunf by the exhibition on our way out of the capital and found it very informative, interactive and easy to follow through. The set up was great, around an authentic long house. Would recommend!

Thank Sam J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibition was fun and informative. I enjoyed it and found it very intriguing to see the history laid out in models and interactive exhibits. It's not a big museum but you could definitely spend at least an hour here (or half that if you...More

Thank stellatreks
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A real treat this, located under a hotel in the city centre. The remains of one of the first settlers huts in Reykjavik. Well-preserved and well-presented with thought provoking exhibitions.

Thank Gordon L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibition is built around an excavated Viking longhouse - I'd call it "right-sized," not small. There are interactive exhibits which highlight the various parts of the house, and also provide information about the early history of the area. A replica would be more concete,...More

Thank Maria R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The selling point of this place is its location directly around an excavation site of an early Icelandic longhouse. It's a very modern exhibit which makes for an interesting contrast with the historical site right in front of you. You can explore computer models of...More

Thank Jacob K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had expected more. The exhibition is all around the excavation of a Viking longhouse. As we had visited a replica of such a longhouse, the exhibition was a disappointment. Also, for the price asked it is not that much you get to see. I...More

Thank Karin G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was great to see the history of settlement and lots of interesting information. I like the fact that they showed the actual excAvation and the links to the Viking way of life

Thank Cnw2013
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very interesting museum with pleny of interactive displays. It took us a while to understand that the whole exhibition had been put together over an actual archaeological site right in the middle of Rekyjavik. Entrance is free for anyone over 67 with proof of...More

Thank LondonVitara
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21 June 2017|
Response from Forevermui | Reviewed this property |
We didn't visit the Settlement Center at Borgarnes, can't comment on that. However, it might be difficult to drive around Reykjavik City as parking is limited and is chargeable (we walked around in the city). Thus, Reykjavik... More
29 January 2017|
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Response from Geoff M | Reviewed this property |
Yes 9am - 6pm daily
10 March 2016|
Response from SeacoastSmith | Reviewed this property |
It's just the Settlement exhibition. The Sagas is entirely separate but I recall it being a pretty small fee.