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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to The Settlement Exhibition and many more Reykjavik attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Reykjavik journey planner.
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  • This exhibit shows the excavation of an original settlement from when the first settlers came to Iceland from Norway. It also has a small room for special exhibitions, at present one on Icelandic anim...  more »
  • This museum is basically built around the remains of a 1000 year old long house built by Iceland's early settlers. It's very well done, clearly annotated and interesting.  more »
  • This is an excellent exhibit of an archeological site of an early Viking settlement. Not a recreation, but the actual site. Seniors (age 67 and up) get in for free. Definitely be there for the EXCELLE...  more »
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  • 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. The Settlement Exhibition nicely complement the second floor of the National Museum of Iceland.
  • The museum is marketed as kid friendly (not what we experienced) and has a great play area with viking dress up and toy weapons. Our 3 young boys (1,4,6) were playing and we were asked/told to be quiet. We didn't think they were being particularly noisy. Ruined our visit and we decided to leave. We were given a full refund.
  • 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.
  • Some interesting history on Iceland, its people and how people have changed the landscape. Has a unearthed longhouse. Some of the interactive features are very good.
  • Excellent museum built around what is considered one of the first settlements in Reykjavík. Interactive displays show how Iceland was settled, interesting antique artefacts and a great play corner for kids where they can dress up as little vikings :)

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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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