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Reykjavik 871, ReykjavÝk: 5 reviews and 12 photos

  At the museum.
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  • At the museum. - Reykjavík
      At the museum.
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  • At the museum. - Reykjavík
      At the museum.
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  • What the longhouse looked like back then. - Reykjavík
      What the longhouse looked like back then.
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  • The longhouse. - Reykjavík
      The longhouse.
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  • Looking up on Aðalstræti from the museum. - Reykjavík
      Looking up on A­alstrŠti from the museum.
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Now this was found by pure chance. Remains of a longhouse from the Settlement age were found at an excavation at the south end corner of A­alstrŠti, the oldest street in ReykjavÝk. These are one of the oldest remains to be found in Iceland and there was a museum built around the remains which opened in 2006. They were actually building a hotel there and had to stop the work due to this extraordinary longhouse. Decision was made to make a museum around the longhouse and build the hotel on top.

At the museum there are Viking artefacts on display which were found on this site. I find this museum to be extraordinary and kudos to them for their idea of adding "photos" all around the longhouse of what ReykjavÝk was like by the time the settlers came - and at the same time the view from the longhouse. They are lit up and from time to time white figures of people working pop up. Extraordinary, I recommend not missing this museum while visiting ReykjavÝk.

It is almost impossible to build new houses in this and nearby streets as while digging for the foundation there is almost inevitably something to be found in the ground. They started digging on the street opposite A­alstrŠti and the same thing happened.

Open daily from 10-17h.

Entrance fee 600 ISK

Now the name of the museum stems from the belief that Ingˇlfur Arnarson, the first settler, came to Iceland in 874. Now it has been discovered that he might have arrived a couple of years earlier, so 871 +/-2 means give or take a few years.

Address: A­alstrŠti 16, 101 ReykjavÝk
Directions: The Settlement museum is located on the corner of A­alstrŠti and Su­urgata, opposite The Salvation Army and Fˇgetagar­urinn park.
othercontact: info@reykjavik871.is
Phone: 354 4116370
Website: http://www.reykjavik871.is/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 2, 2010
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  • wabat's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2016 at 2:11 AM

    The presence of old settlement property etc under the streets may, hopefully, stop too much modern development -;)

    • wabat's Profile Photo
      May 18, 2016 at 5:25 AM

      I agree with you but this happens often. I know off, and have written about, two former cemeteries in Sydney where the bodies were exhumed (not with total success in one case) and relocated - one to build the Town Hall and one to relocate the Central Railway Station.

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      May 18, 2016 at 8:48 AM

      Oh dear :(


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