Saga Museum, Reykjavik

3.6
#5 of 125 in Museums in Iceland
Experience centuries of Viking history at Saga Museum. The museum uses information from past Viking narratives to make sure its 17 exhibits recreate the timeline of Viking history in the most authentic way possible. Start with the Papar exhibit to learn about the first inhabitants of Iceland. Make your way to the Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði exhibit to learn about Iceland's conversion to Christianity. End with the Jón Arason exhibit, which teaches all you need to know about the Reformation. You'll receive an audio guide upon entering, which will explain the pieces throughout the museum. To visit Saga Museum on your trip to Reykjavik, use our Reykjavik day trip planner.
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  • Audio guide was good with loads of information about the Viking history but was really just a small waxworks walk. Glad we got some discount for being old people so made it a bit cheaper. Would not re...  more »
  • When I realized I didn't know all that much about Icelandic history, I decided to stop by the Saga museum to learn a bit more. Their way of sharing their history is quite unique - you get a headset th...  more »
  • A really good museum with plenty to see. There is an audio guide for the walk through display that tells the early history of Iceland. Some of the figures are so lifelike you would expect them to walk...  more »
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  • This would be a great place for people with kids. The audio guided tour is only about 30 minutes. Getting dressed up for pictures in the costumes is fun. I do not recommend this museum for people who have read any sagas or are familiar with them. The museums exhibits only covers the surface story of a few of the most famous sagas. The exhibits don't contain artifacts from the saga period, nor do they give you any information about historical accuracy or controversy of accounts, nor useful geographical information that might be useful for your travels across Iceland. This will surely be a big disappointment for any enthusiasts. The gift shop does not have a good offering of saga literature available for purchase. The only highlight for me was I did find a book on rune staves that I am pretty sure you won't find anywhere else.
  • Eh. It was fine. As non-saga experts it was very interesting to the adults. My 9 year old was lost during half the audio tour. It was also a bit strange to go through the museum on a "rail." The audio guide shuffles you along at a steady pace. The costumes were neat I guess?
  • Interesting museum with wax works style figures and scenes to illustrate viking and icelandic history. You get an audio tour and it's both entertaining and educational. Parking outside so good in a town location. Worth spending a couple of hours here.
  • If it's very unique interesting informative museum. I recommend you pay a visit when you're in Reykjavik.
  • Only ok. We learned a lot of this info on our multi day coach tour around Iceland, so got no value. Might be informative as a first stop or if you're just doing a city break. Kids might like it... or will find the statues terrifying. Slow moving and visitors bunched up as we were all trying to listen to the same parts of the audio tour - so no good for big groups.

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