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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  • This museum was okay but once you've gone once you probably wouldn't return to see it again. I received a free ticket but believe that it cost about $10/person. The Viking ship that is suspended from ...  more »
  • Good Museum not very big but nice to make beautiful reproduction full-size viking ship in which you can enter. Paper Guide messy in french to ask when buying tickets count 12 euros entry.
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  • Worth the stop for breakfast. Buffet style foods and viewing the museum Friendly staff and small gift shop.  more »
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  • Really cool place! The video exhibits were super interesting and getting to walk around the ship was great. Someone else mentioned that if you're into maritime, go here!
  • Awesome. First, a modern repro of a Viking ship that has actually sailed. Interpretive movie of the Vikings in North America. You can go onboard the ship to see how it was constructed and used. Gift shop, books, snacks and coffee. Restrooms.
  • Lots of good history here. Pictures, texts, interactive exhibits. They even have a real viking boat. Loved it
  • They have an excellent, cheap breakfast buffet - especially good as there are few breakfast options in Keflavik. Fun little museum.
  • An excellent start to our Iceland vacation with the kids - especially it being open so early. We all enjoyed exploring the artifacts and climbing into the longboat.

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