- Address: Reykjavik, Iceland
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +354-4116300
- Ticket Price: 1500 ISK
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Museum, Family And Kids
Arbaejarsafn - Review
The open air museum was founded to suffice the need to restore the old Reykjavik traditions. When the society saw the extreme modernisation and their culture losing its roots and the city council decided to establish a museum that preserves ‘Old Reykjavik’.
The visit takes you back in time with the array of houses, hay making, goldsmith’s workshop, printing press and everything that speaks out the traditional Icelandic living conditions.
Apart from the permanent set up there are quite a few exhibitions held at the museum. While we are at witnessing Icelandic living a stop at the cafe serving authentic Icelandic cuisine is definitely a must! To sum up the visit go by the petite gift shop with extremely friendly shop attendants to take back home a bit of the old world charm from Reykjavik.
- Guided tours in winter season can be booked by appointment.
- Groups can visit the museum by appointment throughout the year .
Arbaejarsafn Ticket Prices
- Given ticket details are for adults: 1500 ISK
- Groups ( of 10 people or more): 820 ISK
Arbaejarsafn Opening and Closing Hours
- During winters visits are by guided tours only, held at 1:00 pm or by appointment.
- Guided tours from June-August are between 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
How To reach Arbaejarsafn by Public Transport
Nearby bus station: Staeto
Restaurants Near Arbaejarsafn
- A cafe on site
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Things to Know Before Visiting Arbaejarsafn
95% of people who visit Reykjavik include Arbaejarsafn in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
46.99% of people start their Arbaejarsafn visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Arbaejarsafn
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Arbaejarsafn
Arbaejarsafn, Reykjavik Reviews
We really enjoyed our visit here. Were surprised by how many houses there were and the amount of items inside. House number 7 was our favourite. We've been to a few open air museums before and usually most of it is behind ropes or screens, but here you could walk around as if you really lived in the place. Great atmosphere. They also have a turf house in the traditional Icelandic style.
very nice! 1650isk entry fee or i believe it's included in the city card bus/museum pass. the houses are beautifully preserved; walking around the restored houses makes you feel like that prying neighbor!! it's like stepping back in time; the costumes the staff all wear certainly creates this image. there's also a cafe in the complex. enjoyed!
One of the nicest places I have visited during my stay in Reykjavik. Open air museum that I haven't seen before. I loved these old houses with roofs covered with grass. Great spot to learn about Icelandic culture. There's a little coffee place as well where you can sit outside.
Very cool open air museum. Showing life in Iceland. Its a bit far from town but if you buy the city card you can use the public bus for free and visit this place. It is very expensive but is discounted on the city card. the City Card is the smartest and most affordable way to explore Reykjavík. It has been tailor-made for visitors to the city, helping you to get the most out of your trip. Simply choose from a 24, 48, or 72-hour card and visit as many attractions as you want
Árbær is a fairly small open air museum compared to the others I've been to (Skansen, Seurasaari and Fort Edmonton), which makes it a good 3 hour long trip. They offer a free tour at specific timings that I highly recommend as there may not be staff in the other houses to talk more about the buildings.