The Settlement Exhibition - Step into the Viking Age

An open excavation where Viking ruins meet digital technology.

Just below ground in downtown Reykjavík, this open excavation uncovers the city’s Viking Age history. 

Discovered during building work in 2001, these archaeological remains turned out to be the earliest evidence of human settlement in the city, with some dating to before AD 871±2. Careful excavation revealed a 10th century hall or longhouse, which is now preserved in its original location as the focal point of the exhibition. 

Interactive technology immerses you in the world of the Reykjavík farm at the time of the first settlers, including how Viking Age buildings were constructed and what life was like in the hall. 

Family and children’s area

This multimedia exhibition is family friendly and includes a children’s activity area.

Play is essential for children, whether they be modern children or those living a thousand years ago. Our family and children’s area offers a variety of fun games and toys based on those used during Iceland’s age of settlement. One can also learn many interesting facts about life in the Viking-Age.

Museum Shop

The Settlement Exhibition Museum Shop offers a wide selection of custom-made souvenirs related to the exhibition, as well as various crafts and designs. There is also a good selection of books for sale as well as the exhibition catalogue. The museum is open during the opening hours of the exhibition.

  • Type: Vikings Heritage Literature Art Industry



How to find us

Opening Hours

Daily 9:00 – 20:00