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Vikin Maritime Museum

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Address: Grandagardur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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+354 517 9400
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Víkin – the Reykjavík Maritime MuseumThe Museum is situated in Reykjavik’s...

Víkin – the Reykjavík Maritime MuseumThe Museum is situated in Reykjavik’s picturesque active fishing harbor, only a 10 minute walk from the city center. Enjoy the fantastic view of the boats, fishermen and birdlife before entering the museum. For centuries Icelanders depended heavily on fishing and the sea for survival, and as a result the country has a long and rich maritime history. In the Reykjavik Maritime Museum you can explore this history, including beautiful ship-models, realistic scenery as well as both dried and life fish! The magnificent Coast Guard Vessel Óðinn, who took part in all three cod wars, is a part of the museum, docked outside in the beautiful harbor. Guided tours, please ask at the entrance. A wonderful place for a fun day out with family or friends!

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Very enjoyable museum especially when the weather is not so great. Lots of interesting displays and lots to learn

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Poole, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been to many maritime museums and this one is not as comprehensive as some of the others. The best parts are the specifics on the cod fishing industry and the short film about the early fisherman, "A day in the life". The movie was well done, about 15 minutes, and very informative. Go to the museum if you... More 

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Leighton Buzzard, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

seawomens tales on first floor , fishing history on second , cod wars prevalent , plenty of shipping artefacts to handle and photograph , children inside when we visited seemed to like the touchy/feely articles especially the bunk beds scenario from the cutaway vessel front of a trawler where the crew slept

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We dressed up and took photos. Good laugh. Walked round with headphones supplied and good explanations of the tableux we were looking at. Models really lifelike and interesting history information. Takes about half an hour as you have to move on to keep up with the narrative.

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nicely laid out and very informative Museum relating to Icelandic Maritime history. Lots to read and to look at. I especially enjoyed the film about early Icelandic Fishermen in their rowing boats and also the story of the 'Cod War' that I knew very little about until now. There is a pleasant Cafe for a welcome hot drink & cake... More 

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Hinckley, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went in here to get out of a snow shower. It's not cheap and is quite small. There is a large section on the Cod war with Britain and we did not come out of it well in the Icelanders opinion. By enforcing a 50 mile fishing limit they wanted the UK to go elsewhere for cod. They made... More 

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Somerset, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Maritime museum is located close to the harbour. It is very well presented and tells the story of Iceland's fishing industry through the ages. The exhibits are interesting and well described. There is also a sub-display of the history of Iceland's seafaring women. Definitely not to be messed with. A great place to spend a few hours on a... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a small museum that offers lots of information around the history of fishing in Iceland. It doesn't take long to go round. i found this disappointing although i'm not really into fishing so it probably wasn't the best place for me to visit! If you enjoy fishing and want to learn some of the history then this would... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very enjoyable museum especially when the weather is not so great. Lots of interesting displays and lots to learn

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum outlines the history of fishing in Iceland. When we were there, they had an exhibit that talked about the history of women in the fishing industry. This is a small museum but has a lot of information about fishing and maritime life. Interesting.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To commemorate 100 years of women getting the vote there was a special exhibition of women seafarers which recounted experiences alien to today's european softies. A more egalitarian society which concentrated on skills not gender. The main exhibition spaces upstairs house the history of the cod wars - fascinating to see it from an Icelandic perspective - and the history... More 

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