Step into the viking age

The Settlement Exhibition deals with the settlement of Reykjavík. The exhibition is based on scholars theories on what the heritage sites in central Reykjavík can tell us about the life and work of the first settlers. The focus of the exhibition is the remains of a hall from the Settlement Age which was excavated in 2001. Introductions available in english.


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. 

Audioguides are available in various languages, free of charge.


Introductions available in english.


College and university students are invited to make good use of our museum exhibitions for their projects, either independently or with guidance from a museum instructor. 
We encourage college and university teachers to make use of our versatile museum facilities. Please contact the museum education team ahead of your visit for bookings.


Admission is free for school groups of all ages when booked in advance.


To book a visit email us at






Aðalstræti 10 & 16

101 Reykjavík

Tel: (+354) 411 6370


For groups (10+) bookings please send a request to:


Opening hours

Opening hours

Open every day 10:00-17:00

Guided tours during the summer on weekdays at 11:00

Christmas & New Year

Closed 24 -25 Dec

Open 26 Dec 10:00-17:00

Open 31 Dec 10:00-14:00

Open 1 Jan 12:00-17:00


Open as usual 10:00-17:00



Adults 18+

2,650 ISK

Children (0-17)


People with disabilities


Students with student card

1,700 ISK

Reykjavík Culture Year Pass

7,450 ISK

City Card holders


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