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Viking World, Keflavik

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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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  • Great place to use up time before you board flight home. Not far from airport and ideally situated on the river front. Nice views. Viking long boat inside for you to walk in and wonder around. Coffee ...  more »
  • We visited while killing time at the end of our Iceland visit, waiting to check in to our last hotel stay, road weary. The experience was replicas and reading, and a bit of interactive (as in, click t...  more »
  • Our flight arrived at 6:45 am. We found out the museum opens at 7:00 am and they offer breakfast. We found the museum very interesting but small. The second floor offers an audio tour. The breakfast w...  more »
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  • Very cool museum featuring the Islendingur ship. And there's an admission plus buffet breakfast option! Which was quite tasty.
  • A great stop for all ages. The museum is decently equipped for its size and the best part is that you can access the ship and try out all the viking garb and weapons. For all maritime lovers its one not to be missed.
  • A good stop on you way to/from the airport if you're renting a car. Nice history, good place to burn 45 min out of the weather.
  • The viking ship inside is awesome! You get to walk into it, or eat below it if you choose to eat at the museum. I wish there were more exhibits to see.
  • Very small. Beautiful but limited. Petting farm a treat.