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“Good way to understand early Icelandic history”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Saga Museum

Saga Museum
Ranked #28 of 178 things to do in Reykjavik
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Owner description: A Viking Museum that intimately recreates key moments in Icelandic early history, moments that have determined the fate of our people and which give a compelling view into how Icelanders have lived for more than a millennium. From the time of the earliest settlers, history is brought to life in a unique and exciting way, with life-like wax wax figurines. Visitors are guided through the museum with an audio-guide.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Good way to understand early Icelandic history”
Reviewed 19 August 2013 via mobile

Situated in the Pearl this is a well done museum of dioramas depicting early Icelandic history. Tickets includes an audio guide. Takes a little under an hour. It is informative and the sets well done. Ends a bit abruptly with no lead into later Icelandic history. Family (14-21) agreed it was worth it, but I suspect any longer would have resulted in some giving up and heading to the gift shop. Gift shop has some nice replica pieces by the way

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Marcus K
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Golden, Canada
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“excellent value for money”
Reviewed 18 August 2013

extremely well done, if you are a western Icelander, this is a great place to figure out who you are

Visited June 2013
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Troy, New York
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“Well-designed exhibit, good audio commentary, Iceland history 101”
Reviewed 18 August 2013

Really enjoyed this small, but well-thought-out and interesting look at early European Icelandic history. Admission price (which includes audio commentary in a number of languages) is a good value. The video showing how the exhibit was created is worth watching. In our opinion, the little gift shop in the museum itself (not the one in the main lobby) has some of the best quality Iceland souvenirs that we saw. We walked up to the Perlan from downtown Reykjavik - about a 30 minute walk. The last one-third of the walk was a bit steep. You can use sidewalks until you come to the base of the Perlan hill and then there are hiking trails which lead to the Perlan building.

Visited August 2013
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Bloody awesome”
Reviewed 12 August 2013

The Saga Museum is tucked away into the Perlan. The location and views are excellent. I was by myself, and had a bit of a mini heart attack in the first part of the museum. When you first walk in, it's pretty dark, and then you turn the corner and hello! There's a figure right in your face. The whole experience was very well thought out and set up. I especially like the little video on how they made the mannequins. The whole place really brings the incredible history of Iceland to life.

Visited June 2013
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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“Nice to get to know the history of Iceland”
Reviewed 2 August 2013

Diorama's give a good impression of Iceland's history and past. An audio tour tells you the most important things that can be seen. Nicely set up.

I would not feel I had missed something special if I had found out about this museum after I left Reykjavik.

Visited July 2013
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