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. To visit The Settlement Exhibition and other attractions in Reykjavik, use our Reykjavik holiday planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    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 »
  • August 16, 2017
    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 »
  • August 16, 2017
    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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  • May 28, 2017
    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.
  • May 23, 2017
    If you have an hour to kill in Reykjavik, and are interested in the history of the city and of Iceland, you should check this out. All the interpretive materials were well done. As per most museums or exhibits of this kind, there was a lot of reading (signs are in both Icelandic and English). Some interactive elements.
  • June 2, 2017
    Excellent museum for those who enjoy history. All indoors, built around the excavation of one of the oldest known buildings in Iceland. Excellent info (in English) to explain the site and it's significance.
  • July 5, 2017
    Much too small an exhibition to charge 1600 isk pr person. Not All the interactive displays worked while we were there. Too many touchscreens with written information. The extra exhibition about domnestic animals was very sparse and small.
  • June 15, 2017
    Really cool place absolutely loved piecing together the settlement in my mind. Thank God for the video reconstruction though

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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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