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Viking World, Keflavik

(4.2/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Interesting to see a Viking ship replica. The rest of the displays were fairly basic. Computer shows from the builder of the replica were interesting. The movie/film was purple clearly a technical iss...  more »
  • Great museum. The Viking ship in the middle of the museum is amazing! You can walk around on the ship, which I though was especially cool. Great information everywhere. My husband and I met a very kno...  more »
  • We enjoyed this museum and had a tasty snack here too Interesting exhibits and some great video footage as well Definitely worth a visit 
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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.
  • Great museum. Detailed information and exhibits, and they serve hot food downstairs. 15 dollar entry might turn some away, but there are a good share of exhibits which you won't find elsewhere, and yes, you can walk upon the viking ship!
  • Great small museum. We only had 30 minutes but still enjoyed it. The Viking ship alone is worth the trip. Our children enjoyed playing with the toys and walking through the upstairs children exhibit.
  • 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.