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Must-See Museums in Reykjavik

Must-See Museums in Reykjavik

Reykjavik may be best known as the gateway to the Icelandic countryside, but for those with time to spend in town, a plethora of interesting, informative museums await. Here are a few top picks.

National Museum of Iceland

Dive into Iceland’s fascinating history—from the Vikings and the struggle for independence to modern day—at the National Museum of Iceland. The museum’s collection of more than 2,000 artefacts, from drinking horns to medieval carvings, fill in the details.

**How to Visit:**Book a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour and make the museum one of the stops you explore at your own pace. 

The Settlement Exhibition

Multimedia exhibits and archaeological artefacts bring the Viking era to life at the Settlement Exhibition. The museum is based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse discovered on the site in 2001.

**How to Visit:**Book your ticket in advance to guarantee entry at a time of your choice and avoid waiting in line.

Saga Museum

Life-like replicas of key figures from Icelandic history bring more than 1,000 years of Icelandic civilization to life. Visitors can dress up as a Viking Leif Eiriksson and learn about saga authors including Snorri Sturluson.

**How to Visit:**Guide yourself through the exhibits with an audio tour.

Reykjavik Art Museum

Reykjavik Art Museum occupies three different sites in the city. The Kjarvalsstaðir site focuses on modern paintings and sculptures; Ásmundursafn is dedicated to the works of 20th-century sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson; and the contemporary Hafnarhús features pop art by Erró.

**How to Visit:**One admission ticket is valid for 24 hours at all three locations; all are included with a Reykjavik City Card. 

Whales of Iceland

Located in the Old Harbor area, the Whales of Iceland Exhibition features more than 20 life-size models of whales found in the waters surrounding Iceland. Visitors can use the interactive stations to watch videos and learn about the different species. 

**How to Visit:**Combine learning about whales with seeing them by booking a whale watching tour that includes an admission ticket to the museum.

Maritime Museum

Fishing has played a critical role in the history and development of Iceland. Learn about the history of Icelandic fisheries at the Maritime Museum, housed in a former fish factory. 

**How to Visit:**Purchase a 24- 48- or 72-hour Reykjavik City Card, which includes admission to the Maritime Museum, as well as many other attractions.

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City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover Reykjavik by City Sightseeing bus, and explore the Icelandic capital on a hop-on hop-off tour. Your voucher is valid for 24 hours, so use it to ride around Reykjavik and visit the attractions that interest you most. Hop off to visit Laugardalur Valley, Harpa Concert Hall and more, or stay on board for a full loop and listen to the audio commentary to learn about the city.
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Whales Of Iceland Admission Ticket

Whales Of Iceland Admission Ticket

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Secure your ticket in advance and explore the Whales of Iceland Exhibition at your own pace. Walk past 23 man-made, life-size models of the various whale species in Iceland, and use the interactive stations to watch videos and learn about the different species. This family-friendly experience is centrally located in Reykjavik.
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Whales of Iceland from Land and Sea

Whales of Iceland from Land and Sea

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Gain insight into some of Iceland’s most magnificent native wildlife on an adventurous whale-watching cruise from Reykjavik along with admission to the Whales of Iceland Exhibition. Hop aboard your boat in Reykjavik’s Old Harbor and head out into Faxaflói Bay. Watch the waves for graceful minke and humpback whales, and curious porpoises and dolphins. Learn of the creatures’ life-cycles and habits from the informative on-board commentary. Before or after the cruise, visit the Whales of Iceland exhibition at your leisure and admire life-size models of Iceland’s native whale species.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tour in Reykjavik

Private Sightseeing Tour in Reykjavik

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Unveil the secrets of the world’s northernmost capital city on this private 2-hour tour of Reykjavik. Enjoy a customized itinerary and the undivided attention of a private guide as you visit the landmark Hallgrimskirkja church, stroll the Botanic Gardens and wander around the lively Reykjavík Harbour. After ticking off the top sights, escape the city for the tranquil park and thermal pools of Laugardalur, or pay a visit to Árbæjarsafn Folk Museum or the National Museum of Iceland.
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Reykjavik City Card 24-hour

Reykjavik City Card 24-hour

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This Reykjavik City Card eliminates the need to waste time in long ticket lines, and provides free entry to multiple Reykjavik attractions. Perfect for travelers with limited time—with this card, you’ll be able to plan a whistle-stop 24 hours of touring multiple top sights. Get free entry to Reykjavik Zoo and Family Park, Reykjavik thermal pools, the city’s best museums and galleries, and much more.
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Reykjavik City Card 48 hours

Reykjavik City Card 48 hours

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Sightseeing, especially in a pricey country such as Iceland, can get expensive. Entrance fees to attractions can quickly add up. Take the sting out of your visit to Reykjavík with the City Card: for 48 hours you'll enjoy free admission to top attractions, as well as other perks such as free transportation and discounts at restaurants.
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Reykjavik City Card 72 hour

Reykjavik City Card 72 hour

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Reykjavík is an expensive city to visit, but you can ease some of the pain on your wallet with the City Card. For 72 hours, you will enjoy free admission to top attractions, free entry to thermal baths, free public transport, and more.
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  • 3 days
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