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 .
- Given ticket details are for adults: 1500 ISK
- Groups ( of 10 people or more): 820 ISK
- 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.
Nearby bus station: Staeto
- A cafe on site
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74.9% of people who visit Reykjavik include Arbaejarsafn in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
43.82% 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
A very interesting look into Iceland's past. A couple of hours well spent and most buildings housed interesting exhibits, with most information available in English. No cafe in the winter but a free cup of coffee to warm us up at the end.
If you have some time and don't want to spend too much money you can come here. It's not a must see but definitely worth a visit. Loved all the details they had in the houses and the candy shop :)
An open air museum in the outskirts of Reykjavik. Houses were moved here in the 1960s to preserve what was old. There are many homes to into with both English and Icelandic languages. Take a 13:00 English tour and then walk freely around the area which is vast and wide.
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.
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.