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“Actual site of first Viking settlement”

Reykjavik 871 +/- 2 The Settlement Exhibition
Ranked #12 of 183 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 3 June 2014

The original longhouse has been excavated, along with interesting artifacts and research. Free of charge.

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

This museum was interesting but not as interesting as I had expected. I would have liked more background information in how people were living back then en why there. But I guess a lot of that is still unknown.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

A really interesting presentation of the early days of Iceland. The museum is quite small but there is a lot of information presented. The interactive display of the longhouse is really unique.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

The museum sits at what would have been the viking street level and has the foundation of a longhouse in it. There was a lot of information and I found it interesting how much the climate has changed since the vikings first arrived.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

A small exhibition about the settlement of Iceland. There are many interesting things, there is a quite big mock-up about a longhouse, and there are many interactive monitors and things. The Museum shop is also good. After the visiting of the museum, you can "play" and touch some real Viking costume and things. One of the best museum in Iceland!

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