The Settlement Exhibition

Reykjavik 871

In 2001 archaeological remains were excavated in Aðalstræti, which turned out to be the oldest relics of human habitation in Reykjavík. A wall fragment was found dating before 871 AD. During the excavation a hall or a longhouse was found as well, from the tenth century.  The hall and the wall fragment are now preserved at their original location as the focal point of an exhibition about life in Viking Age Reykjavík called The Settlement Exhibition Reykjavík 871±2

The Settlement Exhibition Reykjavík 871±2 is located in Reykjavík center, Aðalstræti 16. See map.

The construction of Viking Age buildings is explained using multimedia technology. Computer technology is used to give an impression of what life was like in the hall.

The exhibition aims to provide insights into the environment of the Reykjavík farm at the time of the first settlers. Exhibits include artefacts from archaeological excavations in central Reykjavík. Here you can find information on the objects on display (in Icelandic).

Guided tours are available prebooking only. Contact +354 411 6370 for booking or send an email: landnam(at) Guided tours for school groups are free of charge, but other groups pay admission fee. Bookings outside opening hours available at an additional charge. Contact us for further information.

Audioguides available, at no extra charge, in several languages. Including English, Danish, Norwegian, French, German, Spanish, Polish, Japanese, Swedish, Russian, Chinese, Italian and icelandic.


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Christmas at the Open Air Museum 2014 | 05.11.2014

Come and enjoy our celebrated Christmas program at the Árbær Open Air Museum the following Sundays: December 7th, 14th and 21st from 1 pm- 5 pm

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School holiday at the museum | 17.10.2014

On Friday, Monday and Tuesday schools in Reykjavik are out. Reykjavik City Museum offers activities during those days specifically for the family to spend time together.

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Winter schedule | 01.09.2014

From September 1st and until May 31st the winter schedule is in operation at Árbæjarsafn. Guided tours are available every day of the week, at 1 pm. The museum area is open but all the houses are apart from the guided tour closed. Groups can order guided tours beside these hours by sending an email to Fee for guided tours are the same as in the summer.

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