Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, Reykjavik

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Learn about the construction of buildings during the time of Vikings and the settlement of Iceland through thousand-year-old artifacts in Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition. Located in Reykjavik City Museum, the exhibit features archaeological finds excavated in Aðalstræti in 2001 which represent the oldest physical evidence of human habitation in the city. A wall fragment from before 871 CE and a longhouse from the 10th century are the focal point of the exhibit. Both are preserved in their original locations. Explore the exhibit to gain an understanding of how the first settlers lived. Follow the displays using an audio guide that's available in several different languages. Work out when and for how long to visit Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition and other Reykjavik attractions using our handy Reykjavik journey planner.
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  • If you are interested in learning about the way of living of the first settlers from Norway in 871 ad, this is a must see exposition. Inside there is a dig that shows the remains of a long house...  more »
  • It's amazing to me that the archaeologists have found these remains and been able to date them so closely by using information about volcanic eruptions and layers of ice! Inside the basement you can....  more »
  • Shout out to Ragnheidur for all the extra facts and chat at reception! She was ace! It's so surreal that the longhouse was found by accident! Highly recommend for people who are interested in how...  more »
  • Hands-down the absolute best museum in the Reykjavik! So much history and the way it is presented is absolutely great. The signage and areas for listening helped so much. It's not a large museum, but I feel like you get the most information about Reykjavik's early history than anywhere else.
  • Small, but very well-done exhibit. You can move through it quickly...even having read all the information I was finished in about half an hour. It was awesome to stand so near to an actual site where people were standing themselves a thousand years ago.
  • A little under whelming, but still pretty cool overall. Its smaller so you only need about 45 minutes to see the whole exhibit. But its inexpensive and a interesting bit of history if your in Reykjavik.
  • Second best museum after the National Museum, although it is fairly small. It’s super cool to see the archeological excavation of the buildings. The exhibition goes on to explain more about how life was lived and has a few artifacts to go along with the descriptions. There’s a great interactive space for kids. Absolutely worth a stop in.
  • My husband and I love learning more about places we visit. This is the museum to go to for that. You can move at your own pace, and it is fairly interactive. There are videos, touch screens, and a set up of what houses were like in early Iceland. It was nice to get some more history about the area before taking all of our tours. There was a little room with a video in the back that gave you a better layout and understanding of the houses.

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