Vikingworld

Íslendingur the Viking Ship

Vikingworld is the home of the Viking Ship Íslendingur (the Icelander). Built in 1996 by the shipwright Gunnar Marel Eggertsson,  Icelander is an exact replica of the famous Gokstad ship, a remarkable archaeological find of an almost completely intact Viking ship, excavated in Norway in 1882. These were boats that carried many thousands of men, women and children to new lands the Færoes, Iceland, Greenland and, 500 years before Columbus, to the shores of North America.

In conjunction with Iceland’s millennial celebration in the year 2000, the Íslendingur made the 4,200 nautical miles journey from Reykjavik to New York, following the route Leifur Eiríksson took on his journey to “Vinland,” now known as L‘Anse aux Meadows, in Newfoundland. Gunnar Marel’s painstaking construction and trip was a triumph of not merely archeology and craftsmanship but of seamanship, also. Part of the exhibition documents this amazing achievement with 3D graphics and video clips, photos and memorabilia, bringing to life the pivotal role such ships played in the expansion of Viking influence as they spread across Europe, trading and pillaging as far south as Constantinople, east through much of Russia, north to Iceland and Greenland and west to N. America.

Vikingworld is also a home to four other exhibitions. One being the portion of the Viking millennium exhibition produced by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga. The exhibition sheds light into the Norse settlement and explorations of unknown lands. At Víkingaheimar, you can also delve into the fascinating world of Norse mythology. The belief in the spiritual world, its gods, goddesses, permeates every aspect of Vikings lives, their arts, crafts, storytelling and music. It is an amazing cultural heritage about which most of the world knows little and yet it is one that played a key role in shaping the early medieval world.

Found within the museum are also interesting exhibits from recent finds from the 2009 and 2011 archceological excavations at Vogur, just 5 km from the museum. Carbon dating has put preliminary dates of the site between 770 and 880 AD or later, making this site one of the oldest discoveries in Iceland, from before the actual settlement is believed to have taken place.

For those interested in history and sagatourism Vikingworld is the perfect place to begin your trip around Iceland to pin down the places you most would like to visit. On screens information from the Saga Trail Association about the main saga sites in Iceland is on display helping you out in your decision making.

Opening hours:

Daily 12.00 – 17.00.

Admission Fee:

ISK 1.000
Free for children under the age of 14


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Vikingworld
Víkingabraut 1,
260 Reykjanesbæ
the South-West
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