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Hofsstaðir Historic Park Viking Longhouse

Hofsstaðir Historic Park Viking Longhouse

Hofsstaðir Historic Park Viking Longhouse

Hofsstaðir Historic Park Viking Longhouse (Kirkjulundur, Reykjavik) — this park is actually a one-time Viking settlement, consisting of a longhouse from that historic period.  This site was discovered during the course of construction work in 1986 (with excavations carried out between 1994 and 2000.  The remains of the longhouse at this site was the second-largest found in Iceland.  Other items unearthed here include round bronze brooch in the Jelling style, as well as metal objects such as nails, slag from iron smelting, knives and scissors from the 9th, 10th and 11th centuries.  The size of the building indicates that it may have housed 20 to 30 people including slaves and labourers. Hofsstaðir is within the region originally claimed by Ingólfur Arnarson, Iceland’s first settler, who arrived in Iceland around 874 AD.

 

At the new history park at Hofsstaðir, visitors can view an interesting multimedia presentation which contains three-dimensional reconstructions of the longhouse and artifacts uncovered during the excavations. A large variety of information is presented in audio-visual form. Admission: free.