Landnámssýningin/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 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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  • The settlement exhibition was very interesting! It is a quick inexpensive visit. It is right in the middle of downtown. I definitely recommend stopping by! It is very interesting and all of the signs....  more
    The settlement exhibition was very interesting! It is a quick inexpensive visit. It is right in the middle of downtown. I definitely recommend stopping by! It is very interesting and all of the signs....  more »
  • A museum colleague recommended this, and I'm glad she did. We learned a lot about Iceland's early history and it was CV fascinating to see the remains of an actual longhouse. The interactive... 
    A museum colleague recommended this, and I'm glad she did. We learned a lot about Iceland's early history and it was CV fascinating to see the remains of an actual longhouse. The interactive...  more »
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  • One of the most interesting museums I have been to. Many interactive displays about the culture and settlement of Iceland. The museum was actually built over the excavation of a "Long House." Displays of the artifacts they excavated gives you a look into the daily lives of the first settlers that inhabited the area and where they migrated from.
  • A remarkable step back to the days of the first Vikings in Iceland. Just beneath the streets of Reykjavik is an original long house with many of its features still as they were 100s of years ago. The accompanying video and wall displays add to the interest. Visiting an exhibition like this reminds mebifvthe rich heritage we in Ireland lost at Wood Quay, Dublin

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