Saga Museum, Reykjavik

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Experience centuries of Viking history at Saga Museum. The museum uses information from past Viking narratives to make sure its 17 exhibits recreate the timeline of Viking history in the most authentic way possible. Start with the Papar exhibit to learn about the first inhabitants of Iceland. Make your way to the Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði exhibit to learn about Iceland's conversion to Christianity. End with the Jón Arason exhibit, which teaches all you need to know about the Reformation. You'll receive an audio guide upon entering, which will explain the pieces throughout the museum. To visit Saga Museum on your trip to Reykjavik, use our Reykjavik day trip planner.
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  • The displays aren't exactly lifelike and you'll breeze through it in less than an hour but there's a lot to learn about and the museum does an adequate job teaching it.  more »
  • If you're in Reykjavik for a short amount of time, this is one you could probably skip. Don't get me wrong, it's a unique museum with some beautiful crafted figures and displays but for what you exper...  more »
  • breif history of iceland thats worth visiting. A bit expensive for what it is as not a very lengthy experiences  more »
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  • The wax figures are so lifelike that I felt really sad for several of them and their misfortunes, really wished I could help them somehow. Hard to explain, but you'll know what I mean, and that's a plus for this museum. The audio guided tour was perfect, really informative and not overly long. This is another key place to go to understand Iceland. And the fish stew next door combined with the museum made it a perfect day. My thanks to the staff, the cooks and my servers. :)
  • What should i say - you hope to see something special, maybe some relics of the vikings at least something from the time...so its not a Museum its not something special, it's not even lovingly made. The puppets are well done but if you have been in other Museums in iceland you already know The Story they tell you there and the others are more detailed and made with passion. Sorry.
  • Expensive ($20+ per person), & fairly limited, but on the positive side, over quickly. Basically one room with a number of life-sized mannequins in dioramas, and a half-hour audio program with headphones. Not to be totally down on the place, it was a decent intro to the inhabitation and sagas of Iceland. Bit of an allergic reaction to dust or perhaps decaying animal furs
  • I wish I had gone to the Saga Museum at the start of my Iceland trip, as it would have set up a great foundation for the tours and other exhibitions we saw. In the span of 35-45 minutes, you walk through a "haunted-house-type" setup - the figures are superbly life-like and the placards provide historical information. The audioguide that is included as part of entrance fee plays automatically as you walk through (but slightly off-time at some points). Positive: tons of history; there's a cool film about how the museum was created, and the best part of all was the dress up room with real/heavy weapons and clothing like chain mail Negative: if you have already done many tours/museums in Iceland, the content will be old news here; there is no information/presentation on written/oral sagas here Tips: there is a discount with a Reykjavik City Card and also discount for students; prepare to spend about 1-1.5 hrs here
  • A pretty limited museum, and WAY overpriced. If it didn't have the audio guide, you would walk around this in 5 to 10 minutes! The models are impressively life-like though. Unfortunately, our most disappointing Iceland experience.
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