The Settlement Center
The Settlement Center
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
The Settlement Center provides a wonderful insight into Iceland’s history in two exhibitions one about the settlement of Iceland and the other on Egils saga that took place in the neighbourhood. The exhibitions offer a wealth of information with an audio guide in 15 languages. It also gives you the chance to put your visit into the context of the country’s past. The exhibitions recreate the fascinating drama of the sagas and the birth of this island nation. The goal is to make the ancient sagas accessible to all ages in an entertaining way.
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  • Duane S
    Pardes Hanna Karkur, Israel68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Educational Must
    This place is a must if you want to understand a little about the early Icelandic history, It is small, but it makes the most of its limited space. There are two main exhibitions. The settlement exhibition deliniates where the early arrivals settled and some of the things that they encountered. Very educational. The second exhibition is about a local saga, Egil's Saga. Good, but maybe not that interesting to somebody that has not read the saga. To show how local this saga is there is a monument to an important event in the saga on the ridge behind The Settlement Center. And in the park by the center is the cairn of Egil's father
    Visited June 2023
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Eric S
    Toulouse, France1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The perfect first step to discover Iceland
    One of the best museum experiences we have ever had! It completely captivated us with its animated and staged sceneries, supported by engaged and perfectly executed explanations in our languages (we used French and Swedish). We learned a lot that we will never forget. It was the perfect introduction to our visit to Iceland.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 November 2023
  • David M
    Bromley, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Little and perfect
    Interesting, informative and really good fun exhibition thanks to imaginative design. The coffee in the upstairs cafe is good. Plus there's great birdwatching from the sea wall just yards away.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 June 2024
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portland62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
This museum was in a non descrpt building and was a little hard to find but once found we were glad we had the time to go through it. It is housed in two old buildings. The tour comes with an audio guide which was quite useful. Just note that the tours take place in quite dark rooms and there are steps involved also.
Written 5 October 2021
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Nicole G
New York City, NY70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We decided to visit the Settlement Center when our day in the area turned out to be a bit rainier than expected, and I'm glad we did; it was a highlight of our trip. The museum is divided into two exhibits, one focusing on some of the early years of the settlement of Iceland and one focusing on one of the most famous sagas. The historical one includes some fun little interactive things to do with the exhibits, and the saga features gorgeous and highly theatrical visuals of the story. Both have their own audio guide which takes you through the exhibit. So entertaining and informative. There's a very good restaurant attached (we enjoyed the stew) and a cute gift shop with all kinds of souvenirs. A great way to spend a couple of hours and learn a bit about part of Iceland's rich history.
Written 3 November 2021
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Brian D
Denver, CO2,389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This was a very fun place to visit - one of the best indoor attractions in Iceland. The museum is divided into two parts - the historical and the saga. Each section takes 30 minutes and you are provided with an audio guide to narrate the exhibits. The historical section is great, but the super fun section is the saga section that you visit after the historical section. They've done a great job on all of the exhibits and have condensed everything down to a short, enjoyable lesson in Icelandic history. Don't miss this stop next time you are visiting Iceland. The staff was super friendly and there is a nice gift shop for browsing souvenirs as well. Would definitely visit again in the future.
Written 2 August 2021
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Johanna
Kassel, Germany2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We had really high hopes and we were a little disappointed. The story was told in a confusing way with many words and names we didn’t know, because they didn’t translated them. So sometimes we got lost. Also the exhibition could not be understood without the audio guide. No texts to read or anything. But the objects were made with lots of details and love, we could tell. But we wished to have learned more about the settlement in general and not just one family.
Written 2 January 2020
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Sorry you found the exhibit confusing and I am surprised that you did not get to know about the settlement in general. It looks like you just saw The Egils saga exhibition which is all about Egil´s family and has quite a lot of names of people - hard to translate, but The Settlement exhibition is all about the settlement. But I am glad you liked the installation which truly is made with love by several artists. So we often say it is an art exhibition as well as telling a story. Best regards Sigridur Margret
Written 4 January 2020
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ks_blumberg
Boise, ID24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
While some of the information was interesting you can only tour with an audio guide that can’t be fast forwarded and the space was tight. My kids quickly grew impatient and bailed. I’d suggest reading up on Iceland history on your own. The attached restaurant, however, was great. I recommend the vegetarian buffet!
Written 13 August 2021
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Jenny C
Milton Keynes, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
Although the admission was 3000 kr (£18) each it was very well done with excellent audio guide. There are two exhibitions - one on Iceland settlement and one on Egil’s Saga. The interactive nature made it absorbing. The cafe there had good quality food, the fish soup was excellent.
Written 11 February 2022
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Robert L
Amherst, MA1,608 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
We came here after we did the ringroad so it was repetitive for one reason.
Second reason, the audio is mandatory and cannot be repeated or fast forwarded, I found it quite slow.
The museum is in 2 30 minute segments. The second session on Vikings in the basement is a joke. Everything is slapped together with scrap wood and very amateurish.
I cannot recommend this place, even if you are just stepping off the plane.
Written 4 July 2021
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Thank you for your review and rating. Sorry you did not like what we present but the "amateurish scrap wood" is made specially by 9 different well known artists and we often say to our guest that it is just as much an art exhibition and most of them love it. Hope you enjoyed your stay in Iceland. Best regards Sirry
Written 23 July 2021
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Boston27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We enjoyed our tour of the Settlement Center. Just the right length, and a good introduction to the history of Iceland and the Sagas. My tweens enjoyed it...and had a lovely lunch afterward at the attached restaurant. There were only two staff members doing everything from getting tours started to staffing the meals, and they were really hustling. We were impressed!
Written 21 February 2022
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Eric S
Toulouse, France1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
One of the best museum experiences we have ever had! It completely captivated us with its animated and staged sceneries, supported by engaged and perfectly executed explanations in our languages (we used French and Swedish). We learned a lot that we will never forget. It was the perfect introduction to our visit to Iceland.
Written 13 November 2023
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Beth M
52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
What an engaging way to learn Iceland's settlement history and get an appreciation of the Saga form of historical record. We learned so much. The headset audio was excellent, when the waves crashed, we looked around the room for the water coming at us! The exhibits were well designed and well constructed, and varied in presentation technique so as to make each one attractive and interesting. Where else can you stand on the bow of a rocking ship making its way from Scandinavia to Iceland before modern navigational aids! Gift shop was also good. The restaurant looked quite nice but we didn't eat there.
Written 30 June 2022
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