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“More interesting than I predicted”

Arbaer Open Air Museum
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Private Sightseeing Tour in Reykjavik
Ranked #15 of 182 things to do in Reykjavik
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Arbær was an established farm well into the 20th century, and the museum opened there in 1957. Arbærjarsafn is now an open air museum with more than 20 buildings which form a town square, a village and a farm. Most of the buildings have been relocated from central Reykjavik. Arbær Open-Air Museum tries to give a sense of the architecture and way of life and lifestyles of the past in Reykjavik and during summer visitors can see domestic animals. There are many exhibitions and events held at the Museum which highlight specific periods in Reykjavik's history. These include craft days, vintage car displays, Christmas programs and much more. There is something for everyone at Arbær Open Air Museum. JUNE - AUGUST Open daily 10:00 - 17:00. SEPTEMBER - MAY Open daily 13:00 - 17:00. Daily guided tours in English, all year round, at 13:00 - no booking necessary. No guided tours on Dec 25, Jan 1, Good Friday & Easter Sunday.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 14 March 2014

We had about an hour here, maybe 45 mins, and that was not quite enough. There is a lot to look at, esp when you consider that part of Iceland existed with Middle Ages tech and lifestyle until the 1970s. Outside buildings pretty interesting too. Such small houses, outdoor kitchens, attractive church.

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"guided tour"
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"turf houses"
in 17 reviews
"farm animals"
in 10 reviews
"historical buildings"
in 6 reviews
"living history"
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"step back in time"
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"sod roof"
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"earlier times"
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"living conditions"
in 4 reviews
"old church"
in 8 reviews
"small church"
in 4 reviews
"various parts"
in 4 reviews
"hundred years"
in 4 reviews
"the bus"
in 32 reviews
"icelandic history"
in 19 reviews
"well worth the visit"
in 8 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 6 reviews

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Reviewed 7 March 2014 via mobile

Interesting place, it holds a wide range of historic artifacts, furnitures, a life size fishing boat used by farmers who were forced to go to the seas during winter, and many other aside from the turf houses located within the compound.

Thank Hpenuela
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

Great for a relaxing day. Very informative. Quaint, not world-class but worth the visit. It contains artifacts and relocated buildings showing the nature of society in olden days.

Thank rockman1960
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

We went here in February. They only have one tour per day in the winter. We enjoyed our visit. It gave real insight into the life of Icelanders in years gone by. The antique home with the barn below the bedrooms to capture the warmth of the animals was a particular interesting piece of local history. Also the sod roof church with the prisoner seated right next to the pulpit so he would be sure to hear the sermon. The tour guide was very informative and overall, we enjoyed our two hour visit. I'm sure there is much more going on at this site, people in costume, etc, during the summer, and that would make it even more worthwhile. Even in the off season though, this is well worth a visit, and is included in the tourist package card that you can purchase on site or at many hotels.

Thank garlicmike
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

Great little tour round this museum,fascinating history of iceland and even got to meet the lovely gentleman who started the museum,what a character,as we were walking around we all gathered in the small but beautiful little church where he played and sang for us.
Defiantly worth a visit if you get the chance

Thank Sarah2829
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