The Viking museum of Reykjavik Posted by Tibor on Sep 11, 2017 in Culture
I posted not so long ago about the Viking museum of York aka Jorvik. I happened to travel not that long time ago to Iceland where I wanted to seize the opportunity to visit the viking museum even there. The museum is very tiny and it is situated in quite new area of downtown Reykjavik just a stone throw from the Saga Museum on Grandagaður. Nearby you can also find an amazing new line of restaurants and cafés with eco foods and products. Reykjavik is more than alive nowadays. Maybe it is too much of Puffin shops and tourists for my taste especially on the main street on Laugavegur. It is very crowded compared to when I lived there as a student back in the days.
Anyhow, the museum is a small one compared to the one in York. You have to walk yourself all the way through the exhibition and the puppets are not moving nor talking like in York. It doesn’t really matter to be honest because the you can borrow headphones and choose between approximately 8 different languages including English and all the Nordic languages and you can get lost in your own viking world. I was lucky because I went on a Tuesday when almost nobody was there so I could enjoy myself and read everything very thoroughly. Outside in the hallway you can also find a gift shop with tremendous amount of viking stuff, books, jewelry and lava stone products. There is also an opportunity to wear viking outfits and make photos with family or friends and nonetheless a virtual alternative reality Northern lights experience. This might be nice to try out if you travel off season so you can’t see the Northern lights which means from March-August.