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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  • A nice little Museum that explains the life at the time of the first settlers. It's extremely entertaining and interactive. There is even a small space for children with games of viking society, and not that of swords and helmets.
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  • The facilities show the excavation site of the oldest buildings in is intact. Location, easy to get, but admission is too high I think
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  • There are several touristy museums popping up all over the city, but this museum actually contains real history. The museum is free for anyone over 67 years old and kids, plus there is a discount for ...  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.
  • 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.
  • Wonderful exhibition! Amazing how they incorporated the excavation and the building. Learned a lot on the first inhabitants 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.
  • Very informative to the start of life in Iceland. Can be navigated through in an hour or less.

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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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