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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  • While awaiting our blue lagoon arrival time, we explored this museum as I am extremely interested in history of any kind and had a fun time exploring this museum. The ship is impressive and had numero...  more »
  • Museum about the vikings in a contemporary building that's even prettier at night, it highlights the huge vessel which is in the middle of the room very nice Museum we can even eat soup for 1000 IKS however the price of admission is a bit expensive 1500 IKS
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  • We spent an enjoyable hour here. Very compact museum based round a reconstructed Viking long boat. There is also a large area outside with reconstructed Viking dwellings. However as the place was stil...  more »
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  • I didn't visit this museum, but I walked near. And there is a road along the ocean where you can see amazing view. I was here at January. I walked there during several hours and I was impressed. Because if you go around 1 - 1.5 km you can see seals from shore! And also I saw a whale, but it was very far. ( thinking I'm lucky) I highly recommend just walk from museum on shore road if you have enough time and like just to walk:)
  • Really cool place! I was looking to do something somewhat touristy with some unexpected extra time. I didn't expect it to be so cool! Would recommend, interesting to learn about the Viking world and see an actual replica ship!
  • Small place but packed full of Viking history and stories. Plus, a full sized replica Viking ship that was actually sailed across the Atlantic! Very close to the Reykjavik airport so it's well worth a visit as your first or last stop in Iceland.
  • A bit out of the way but worth it if you love Viking ships. The Museum is not that extensive, but what exhibits there are are well done. But the full ship (a recreation that sailed to North America and back some years ago) is worth the price of admission alone.
  • A good stop after/before your plane lands. They have a breakfast buffet if you're arriving early and it was tasty and a decent price. Lots of interesting information about the Vikings in Iceland.
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