Journey back to the Viking age at Iceland’s Viking World museum, where the star exhibit is the impressive Icelander (“Islendingur”) Viking ship. A painstakingly recreated replica of a ninth-century vessel, the Icelander made headlines when it sailed the Atlantic in 2000 to commemorate Leif Erikson’s journey to the New World.
Visitors who come to admire the Viking ship can discover more about Iceland’s fascinating Viking history through a series of exhibits covering the Viking expansion across the North Atlantic, the settlement of Iceland, and Norse mythology and myths. Sightseeing tours of the Reykanes Peninsula usually make a stop at the museum, between visits to the “bridge between continents” at nearby Sandvik and the fishing village of Grindavik.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Viking World is a must-visit for history enthusiasts.
- The museum café offers spectacular views over the harbor.
- The museum and café are wheelchair-accessible.
- There is free Wi-Fi throughout the building.
- There is an admission fee, but children under 14 get in free.
How to Get There
Viking World is located in Reykjanesbaer, around 40 minutes’ drive southwest of Reykjavik. Bus No. 55 from Reykjavik’s City Hall stops in Tjarnarhverfi, a 15-minute walk from the museum. It’s just 10 minutes’ drive from Keflavik International Airport, making it a great final stop before boarding your flight home. Alternatively, skip the hassle by visiting on a sightseeing tour.
When to Get There
The museum is open seven days a week, from 7am to 6pm.
The museum’s strikingly sleek and modern building is easily spotted from the road. The exhibition hall, which is framed around the Icelander boat, was designed by the award-winning Icelandic architect Gudmundur Jonsson. The design highlights the skillfully crafted boat, which is displayed so that visitors can look at the ship from all angles and even step onto the deck.