Vikin Maritime Museum, Reykjavik

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Learn about Iceland's strong connection to the sea at Vikin Maritime Museum. The permanent exhibits take you from the age of the first Nordic settlers to modern day. See how fishing has advanced from simple rowboats to the modern industry that has become the driving force behind the country's economy. Don't miss the docked Coast Guard ship, Óðinn, a veteran of the Cod Wars with the UK. Enjoy a great view of the harbor and a selection of traditional meals at the cafe. Admission to the ship and the museum are charged separately, but you can get a discount on a combination ticket. Put Vikin Maritime Museum into our Reykjavik itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Reykjavik.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Small museum, but done well. Films and displays provide much information. Interesting for most all ages. Elevator provided.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    This is a fascinating museum that focuses on the history of fishing and the fishing industry in Iceland and on the cod war with Britain. We expected to learn more about general Icelandic seafaring, bu...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Visiting doesn't take all that long, it's not a huge museum. It's well done and informative. I went with young kids and there was something for everyone. Nice history of Iceland's maritime identity, i...  more »
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  • March 15, 2017
    I found this museum very interesting and informative. Mostly because I too work in the maritime industry. Lots of very unique and historic items in their possession and just amazing to see how far we've come. Just bummed at how short the exhibit was for the price of entry.
  • June 8, 2017
    The museum is nice and it is interesting to read the history specially about the cod wars. It is a bit difficult to find though.
  • April 3, 2017
    Great little museum with lots of information about the history of fishing in Iceland. Also had an exhibit about the Cod War that was well done and informative.
  • April 30, 2017
    This museum helped add an extra dimension when learning about Iceland's history and culture. You can get into it for free with the City Card.
  • March 9, 2017
    The Museum portrays fishing quite well, but even the most interested individuals will find it hard to spend more than an hour in the actual museum. The tour of the Oðinn is a different story. The Oðinn is pretty much the same as when the coast guard used it. It is fully furnished, even books, maps, instruments and tools are where they are supposed to be. Unfortunately it is only possible to enter the Danish built ship with a guided tour, so freedom is limited. Our guide was quite enthusiastic and competent regarding everything Icelandic and especially when talking about boating. His compatce did not seem to be as strong with foreign languages and social skills. I would recommend it to everyone who has a strong interest in the Icelandic naval culture and some maritime knowledge.

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