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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 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. To visit The Settlement Exhibition and other attractions in Reykjavik, use our Reykjavik holiday planner.
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  • This was a fascinating up close look at early Viking life at an actual archealogical dig site right in the middle of Reykjavik. The exhibit is set up well and gives visitors a clear idea of what life ...  more »
  • Excellent information on the construction and use of a traditional longhouse home used during the Settlement era in Iceland. Opportunities to identify the various structural elements. I would visit th...  more »
  • It can be hard to make archaeology exhibits interesting. But this museum does an outstanding job of providing context for the long house so you really understand it. Great mix of things they excavated...  more »
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  • Get a 24 hours Reykjavik City card and you will get to visit the museum for free. This is one of the most enjoyable museum visits I have ever been to. A lot interactive modules to help you understand the history, excellent use if Digital content for easy understanding. You even get to play with the bone puzzles of animals in its small animal exhibit. Well worth the time spent.
  • If you have an hour to kill in Reykjavik, and are interested in the history of the city and of Iceland, you should check this out. All the interpretive materials were well done. As per most museums or exhibits of this kind, there was a lot of reading (signs are in both Icelandic and English). Some interactive elements.
  • Excellent museum for those who enjoy history. All indoors, built around the excavation of one of the oldest known buildings in Iceland. Excellent info (in English) to explain the site and it's significance.
  • Much too small an exhibition to charge 1600 isk pr person. Not All the interactive displays worked while we were there. Too many touchscreens with written information. The extra exhibition about domnestic animals was very sparse and small.
  • Really cool place absolutely loved piecing together the settlement in my mind. Thank God for the video reconstruction though

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In this highly walkable capital, many of Reykjavik's hotels and guesthouses offer close proximity to the city's popular attractions, bars, and restaurants. The waterfront offers an exciting dose of activity. Although Reykjavik provides plenty of accommodations to its flocks of visitors, there is a dearth of budget options in the city. Price-conscious visitors should consider staying in a hostel, with both private and dorm rooms available, or a nearby campsite. Although the campground is not as centrally located as some hotels, guests are better positioned to take advantage of the natural surroundings.
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