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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition and many more Reykjavik attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Reykjavik journey planner.
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  • Great exhibition with very friendly staff. All the information is in Icelandic and English. Very reasonably priced and fascinating. This attraction is covered by the Reykjavik city card. A wonderful i...  more »
  • This exhibit is a must see. It was fascinating and so very informative. It had just recently opened when we visited and some of the computer displays needed rebooted frequently but the information was...  more »
  • Im a fan of Viking history and wanted something more authentic. it was fun learning about the Viking long house while looking at the remains of one. It was very well presented and interactive.  more »
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  • So cool to see the foundation of one of the oldest buildings in Iceland. I especially love that they built the museum around it instead of transplanting it somewhere else. Very informative and beautiful inside, I loved all the interactive parts.
  • Very interesting exhibit focused on the remains of an original Icelandic dwelling. Describes how life was lived around 1000 AD. Lots of information presented very clearly in Icelandic and English. Onlt drawback is the info is presented by following a linear path and it's a lot of reading. If you have a slow reader in front of you it may take a while to get through it.
  • A very different style of museum. A great range of interactive exhibitions, and all very well thought out. We arrived nice and early, and virtually had the place to ourselves for an hour.
  • Unique exhibit. The main attraction here is the dimly lit raised ground from the original building built around ~872 AD. This was very interesting in it self. The exhibit was $16 USD
  • The Settlement Exhibition is an archaeological museum built over the uncovered remains of a ca. AD 930 longhouse. It is believed to be one of the earlier buildings in the area that later became Reykjavík. There are quite a few artifacts on display. The interpretative aspect that makes this museum great for the public are the interactive information modules placed around the outside of the longhouse. Lots of topics are covered in the modules including ecology, history, and recent DNA discoveries for the Icelandic people. In addition at the entrance there is a small gift shop with a nice selection of Icelandic history and nature books. The Settlement Exhibition nicely complements the second floor of the National Museum of Iceland.
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