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Reykjavik Maritime Museum

Grandagardur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6340
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Good museum but seems some displays under reconstruction

What there was was interesting showing the development of the Icelandic fishing industry but the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Leeds, United Kingdom
Great exhibits giving you the taste of Icelands history

This museum has a great video on the life of viking era fishermen and their daily routine and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ron R
Raleigh, North Carolina
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REYKJAVIK MARITIME MUSEUM - How the ocean formed a nation. A harbour museum exploring Iceland's dramatic relationship with the sea. The survival of a nation depended on generations of brave fishermen heading into the unknown. Over the centuries, methods of catching and working with fish transformed into a science that helped create a modern nation. Exhibitions and artefacts bring our ocean history to life, from battling the waves, to the 'Cod Wars' and beyond. Plus the chance to climb aboard the Oðinn, a 900-ton coastguard ship, with its own stories to tell. Reykjavik Maritime Museum is part of Reykjavik City Museum: one museum in five unique places. Oct – Nov 2017: Daily 10:00-17:00. Guided tours of the ship:13:00, 14:00 & 15:00. Dec 2017 – Jan 2018: Closed for renovations, but Oðinn will be open for guided tours. Guided tours of the ship: 11:00, 13:00, 14:00 & 15:00. Feb – June 2018: Daily 10:00-17:00. Guided tours of the ship:13:00, 14:00 & 15:00. Grandagarður 8, 101 Reykjavik
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Grandagardur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 411 6340
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What there was was interesting showing the development of the Icelandic fishing industry but the part about the cod wars was closed which was dissapointing

Thank 250ABR
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has a great video on the life of viking era fishermen and their daily routine and living experience,

Thank Ron R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have any interest in commercial fishing, from the 1700s to present, this is for you. Great old artifacts and other items the demonstrate the hardship the fishermen endured and the country that prospered from it. The exhibits have explanations in Icelandic and English....More

Thank Trevor L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were walking by and thought it would be a great way to see the history of Iceland. Unfortunately, this had nothing to do with Vikings. It's an interesting display of items from fishing, but mostly concentrated around recent history. Go to the Saga museum...More

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Gudrun Helga S, Public Relations Manager at Reykjavik Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Samndjsdad. Thank you for your review. I would just like to say that Víkin is the old name of the museum and it is the Icelandic word for bay thus it does not mean Viking. This is a common misunderstanding which we want to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went as part of the city card we bought, but wasn't planning on spending much time there. We actually found it fascinating and had a good look at everything! We particularly enjoyed the stuff on the 'Cod Wars' which we'd never heard about as...More

Thank Bekkii G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Seniors are free at the museum. It is an interesting place in the old harbour area. The "cod wars" are respectfully and diplomatically marked in a current exhibition

Thank wartonmj
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

A relatively small museum that looks at the history of fishing in Iceland. This sounds humble, and it is, but the scale of toil, the gradual growth of modern Iceland and the defining experience of the Cod wars in the national identity make this a...More

Thank Martin T
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

If this attraction has a fault, it’s that it is a trendy bit obsessed with the Cod Wars with the UK. Remember them? Nope, neither did I, but apparently it’s a tale of plucky Iceland standing up to the imperialistic brits. Once you get past...More

Thank Colinhs9
Reviewed 18 October 2017

The Maritime Museum gives visitors a good look at a key part of Iceland's past and present. The exhibitions are very well done, highlighting the dangers - and joys - of maritime life. The exhibit about the cod wars with Great Britain is riveting. Wonderful...More

Thank Purmamarca
Reviewed 15 October 2017

OK - it's a confusion for English speakers. Vikin means "near the bay" and the museum has nothing to do with Vikings. But it does provide an in-depth narrative about Icelandic fishing and maritime life that is well worth visiting.

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22 August 2015|
Response from Fishydiner |
Yes there are toilets on first floor, also in cafe area.