Lonely Planet review
The city’s best-curated museum is based around a single 10th-century Viking house but shows what miracles can be achieved when technology, archaeology and imagination meet. Through 21st-century wizardry, a fire leaps from the hearth, while around the walls ghostly settlers materialise to tend crops, hunt, launch a boat and bury their dead. The information on the display panels is refreshingly objective, providing a balanced and uninflated account of Iceland’s settlement. It’s interesting to note that scientists have found no evidence of religion among the earliest settlers.
Across the street you’ll find an active excavation site where archaeologists are in the process of uncovering new artefacts from the Viking era. Ask at the ticket booth about daily tours of the new dig – they usually run in English at 11am on weekdays.