And… history goes on

The Settlement Exhibitions is on the corner of Túngata and Aðalstræti in downtown Reykjavík. 

From the Settlement Exhibition, showing turf laying. 


The new exhibition Reykjavík …history goes on opened this spring in Aðalstræti 10, one of Reykjavík’s oldest buildings. The exhibition extends underground to the Settlement Exhibition at Aðalstræti 16. The exhibition tells the history of the settlement in Reykjavík from the settlement in 872 to the present day. Both exhibitions are part of the Reykjavík City Museum and show once again that Aðalstræti, Reykjavík’s oldest street, is, of course, the centre of the capital’s history.

The 10th century long house remains at the Settlement Exhibition. 

Looking to modern times in Reykjavík … history goes on. 

On the other hand, the centrepiece of the Settlement Exhibition is the remains of a longhouse from the 10th century. It was found there on the corner of Aðalstrætis and Túngata. A piece of wall was found near the house, which is even older, or from around 871. It is the oldest remains of human habitation that have been found in Iceland.

Silli and Valdi’s grocery store, remade in Aðalstræti 10 as it looked around 1950. 

The tunnel between Aðalstræti 10 and 16. 

Reykjavík 07/08/2022 : A7C: FE 1.4/24mm GM, FE 1.8/14mm GM

Photographs and text : Páll Stefánsson