History Museums Reykjavik

Reykjavík City Museum – The Settlement Exhibition

At The Settlement Exhibition in Aðalstræti visitors can experience the settlement of Iceland in late 9th century through two remarkable exhibitions. The Settlement Exhibition revolves around an excavated site, the actual remains of a Viking Age longhouse that have been preserved in situ. The exhibition gives an invaluable insight into the life and times of the first people to inhabit the Reykjavík area. The exhibition is suitable for all ages and includes an activity center for children. Audio guides are available in many languages. Settlement Sagas comprises some of the nation’s most renowned documents, many of them written in the twelfth century but relating events that go back as far as 874 AD, when the first settlers are said to have come to Iceland. These Icelandic manuscripts are recognised by UNESCO as having outstanding cultural value. UNESCO officially designated Reykjavík as a City of Literature in 2011.


Aðalstræti 16
101 Reykjavík
+354 411-6300

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