Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, Reykjavik

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#2 of 123 in Museums in Iceland
Learn about the construction of buildings during the time of Vikings and the settlement of Iceland through thousand-year-old artifacts in Landnámssýningin/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 Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition and many more Reykjavik attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Reykjavik journey planner.
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  • Great exhibition with very friendly staff. All the information is in Icelandic and English. Very reasonably priced and fascinating. This attraction is covered by the Reykjavik city card. A wonderful i...  more »
  • This exhibit is a must see. It was fascinating and so very informative. It had just recently opened when we visited and some of the computer displays needed rebooted frequently but the information was...  more »
  • Im a fan of Viking history and wanted something more authentic. it was fun learning about the Viking long house while looking at the remains of one. It was very well presented and interactive.  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. In addition at the entrance there is a small gift shop with a nice selection of Icelandic history and nature books. The Settlement Exhibition nicely complements the second floor of the National Museum of Iceland.
  • Short, but sweet, exhibition built around the remains of an early log house. So much information is provided about how the first settlers must have lived and how the excavation of the site was done. What also really impressed me was how interactive and engaging everything was - there was even an area for kids to engage in viking games.
  • The exhibition was interesting but very repetitive and short. The best part was the Viking outfit and games area (made for children but we loved it)
  • Very interesting exhibition about the settlement in Reykjavik. Interactive displays that really got you thinking and involved with the history. Displays are in English aswell as Icelandic.
  • Great interactive displays as you walk around an actual settlement site. Very cool to learn about the surrounding land and why the people settled there.
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