Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, Reykjavik

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Historic Site · Specialty Museum
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition and other Reykjavik attractions using our handy Reykjavik journey planner.
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  • Good English language displays, very interesting to see the outlines of an actual house from the Viking era. They do a good job with the displays making the site come alive.  more »
  • This small museum houses an open excavation of a tenth century Viking hall that also has some small remains of an even older building that dates to some of the original 9th century settlement of...  more »
  • Hands-down the absolute best museum in the Reykjavik! So much history and the way it is presented is absolutely great. The signage and areas for listening helped so much. It's not a large museum, but I feel like you get the most information about Reykjavik's early history than anywhere else.
  • Small, but very well-done exhibit. You can move through it quickly...even having read all the information I was finished in about half an hour. It was awesome to stand so near to an actual site where people were standing themselves a thousand years ago.

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