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Viking World, Keflavik

Categories: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Viking World is a museum in Njarðvík, Reykjanesbær, Iceland.The museum opened on 8 May 2009, followed by a formal opening on Icelandic National Day, 17 June. The director was Elisabeth Ward; the building was designed by Guðmundur Jónsson.Viking World has on permanent display the Íslendingur, the replica of the Gokstad Viking ship which in 2000 was sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, for the celebrations of the millennium of Leif Ericsson's voyage and then to New York. The ship was returned to Iceland and placed on exhibit in the open air until being transferred to the new museum in autumn 2008. She is suspended one and a half metres in the air so that visitors can walk underneath her hull and see the workmanship.The museum also houses the exhibition Vikings — The North Atlantic Saga from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.. On 1 December 2010, a 2-year temporary exhibition with materials on loan from the National Museum of Iceland opened with a heathen reburial ceremony for a body excavated at Hafurbjarnarstaðir in 1868.
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  • Because of the bad weather we choose to visit some museums. One of them was the viking museum. Inside you pay for the entrance and you received an audio tour. The tour is good, but for me it was the s...  read more »
  • This is a small but fun museum. It is a bit out of the way, so it takes a chunk of the day traveling to/from the museum. There were some interesting things to see, but overall pretty small. 
  • We visited the Museum of Viking World on the last day of the Iceland journey ahead for House fly. Super about the Vikings, their history and legends to see and hear. Special exhibition is very good.
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  • This is a lovely museum not far from Reykjavik. If you have a car, it's worth the trip. It is small, but that's a good thing if you have kids: it's not overwhelming. The replica viking ship is beautiful, and you can actually walk onto it to get a feel for size and scale. When we visited, the museum also had a fun, arty exhibit of displays about the Norse gods that you walked through with an entertaining audio guide. But one WARNING: The soup in the cafe smelled great, but it was a little off, and it made my daughter fairly ill (she didn't throw up, but she was close). I think that they were not holding it at the right temperature. I recommend that you eat elsewhere.
  • Good museum about the Vikings within a 10 minute car ride of the airport. Just the thing to do if you have a multi hour lay over at Keflavik airport. They focus a lot on the replica ship they have in the museum which is pretty cool but i thought their history exhibits and stuff about the old Norse gods was much better. They also have a movie running about Leif Eriksson discovering the new world. Outdoors there is a petting zoo featuring the usual suspects as well as a lamb that was being a real escape artist while we were there. Would be good stuff for little kids. Have them a 4 instead of 5 because it was sometimes slightly tricky to follow the flow of the museum.
  • One of the best sites to see in Keflavik, it has a good summary of Viking history in Iceland! One of the main selling points is the ship in the middle of the museum, however, I quite enjoyed the artistic depictions of Norse mythology in one part of the exhibit.
  • This was a really neat little museum, with a lot of great information about the history of the Vikings, their journeys to the new world, and their culture and beliefs. I would recommend watching the film on Leif Eiriksson and his travels to North America - it contained a lot of great info for a history buff. The viking ship is great to visit and really gives you a sense of what it would be like to be in a Viking ship. I highly recommend this place to anyone who likes to take the time to read the information and take a good look at the artifacts.
  • We visited Viking World on the way to the airport (it is about 10 minutes away). The staff were exceptional, explaining the museum clearly and suggesting how to go about it. The ship is unbelievable and the fact that it actually sailed from Iceland to New York is even more so. The audio exhibit about he Norse gods was great, the audio is entertaining and the artwork is inspired. Definitely worth the time and money. We drove there but a city bus stops walking distance away.
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