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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 exhibition tells you all about where and why the Icelandic people settled where they did. It's a small but interesting exhibit. Costs about 13 euro so it's not too expensive when compared to Icel...  more »
  • Interesting insight into the first settlers on the island but apart from the limited number of artefacts, you could get the same information from a book.  more »
  • We loved this museum. It is relatively small but so interesting. 60-90 minutes and you can check it out while shopping or sight seeing. Some of the earliest archeological finds in the city and the mus...  more »
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  • Good information. Much more interactive and helpful information than the comparative exhibit in Paris at the Notre Dame Cathedral. Not sure if it's worth the full entrance fee, but certainly an educational visit.
  • Quick and informative. Very well though out and presented exhibition. Plenty of information of early Icelandic settlers and everyday implements. the site itself is beautifully preserved and presented.
  • I had the amazing opportunity to explore this magical and educational museum. The lengthy history tells the tale of the icelandic nation perfectly - through lively exhibitions, adventurous animations (blended perfectly into panoramic photographs), and the ability to walk through the distant past with no obstacles. I especially liked the true-hearted explanations about the main exhibit - showing history as it is - impartial, following only hard, iron facts. The visit here significantly altered my trip (and my views toward Iceland as a whole) and my life, and I cannot suggest strongly enough - If you have more than 2 hours in Reykjavik, there's nothing more entertaining to do! But seriously, it sucks. Small and uneventful.
  • Nice interactive museum. It takes about 1-2 hours. Price is okay for Iceland...
  • Interesting visit. The part teaching about the genetics and cultural links between Icelanders and Norwegians was fascinating.