Let's suppose it's a rainy day in Reykjavik, and you're looking for something cool to do that's composed of equal parts Icelandic history and cultural intrigue. Allow us to recommend a visit to the NMI. Housed in a modest, 3-story building, this amalgam of artifacts, photographs and spotless restrooms is a great way to put your travels through Iceland in the right context, detailing the history of the country from the 9th century to the present day in a way that's informative but not overwhelming.
The collections in the National Museum are divided up between a permanent exhibit of over 2,000 historical objects and several temporary displays that can range from things like traditional silversmith workshops to exhibitions from renowned Icelandic photographers. Some of the more unique artifacts include a bronze figure of Thor dating back over 1,000 years and the famed Valþjófsstaður Door, elaborately carved to depict the "Knight's Lion" story. As museum experiences in Iceland go, this one is well worth checking out, especially if you'd like to get to know the story behind the settlement of this adventure-rich European country.