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Vikin Maritime Museum

Grandagardur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 517 9400
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Marvellous Museum!

Visited this museum with a bit of trepidation but that dissipated very quickly. This is one of the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Bruce S
Burleigh Heads, Australia
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Terrific museum, easy access and easy to understand

Leave 2 or 3 hours for this if you can. The exhibitions are good, there are interactive exhibits... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Perth, Australia
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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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Grandagardur 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 517 9400
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited this museum with a bit of trepidation but that dissipated very quickly. This is one of the better museums around. It is well presented and chronicles the history of sea life in the early days especially in relation to fishing. The "Cod Wars" exhibition...More

Thank Bruce S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Leave 2 or 3 hours for this if you can. The exhibitions are good, there are interactive exhibits for children and it's bigger than it looks because there are two buildings!

Thank Family464
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Admittedly, we didn't have time to visit the Odin coastguard vessel, which seems to have been the highlight of the visit for others, but the rest of this museum consisted of static exhibits of fairly random bits and pieces of sea-fishing memorabilia. It all looked...More

Thank Hithere82
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a really well laid out museum chronicling the Cod Wars. Loads of photos, fishing equipment, displays and videos. My friend David who was a fisherman in Scotland found it very interesting to see things from the Icelandic perspective.

Thank alister b
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There as an interesting exhibit on the cod wars Iceland had with England in the 70's, The whole this is very small, not worth the price.

Thank bert f
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating museum, with a really good exhibition on the Cod Wars. So Iceland lost its cod - all fished out, and it lost its herring - also fished out, and long before, it lost its natural forests - all chopped down. So what does it...More

Thank Chez-Mob
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is hard to imagine that Iceland would make an entire museum over a very minor dispute with England over fishing boundaries but here it is. In spite of that, the tour of the coast guard vessel was an unexpected gem. It was a step...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum did a very good job of portraying the maritime history of Iceland. Understandably there is a primary focus on fishing and I learned a great deal about the "Cod Wars." Who knew? Our tour of the ODINN was the highlight of our visit...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We thought this was a Viking museum so this was disappointing. Some exhibits in the maritime museum were actually interesting.

Thank lisakoz
Reviewed 19 August 2017

While interesting, there really wasn't that much history. Much of what we learned had already been described during our tours. On a positive note, it was fun to see the depiction of life as it once was. Glad we went, but it's not a museum...More

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