The Iceland Museum Guide 2023-2024

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LAVA Centre is the best place to learn about the new Fagradalsfjall eruption, with new exhibits explaining the eruption and new film footage in the volcano cinema.

MORE INFO AND TICKETS AT www.lavacentre.is

A world class exhibition on volcanoes and earthquakes surrounded by active volcanoes

The Lava Centre is situated at Hvolsvöllur on the South Coast of Iceland, surrounded by active volcanoes. It truly acts as the gateway to Iceland’s most active volcanic area.

The Lava Centre just received two Red Dot Awards, which cement its position as a world class exhibition.

Open every day 9:00 - 16:00

Iceland Volcano & Earthquake Centre Austurvegur 14, Hvolsvöllur · South Iceland

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Laugavegur 5, 101 Reykjavík. Tel.: 551-3600

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TORIC SITES MUSEUMS

Historic Buildings Accredited Museums

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Central Reykjavík

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9 LAN 40 49 41 HLEMMUR LAUGAVEGUR 16 17 15 No. Museum Page 1 FlyOver Iceland ..................... 26 2 Whales of Iceland ................... 24 3 Reykjavík Maritime Museum ........... 17 4 Aurora Reykjavík 23 5 Reykjavík Museum of Photography 17 6 Reykjavík Art Museum – Hafnarhús ..... 14 7 The Settlement Exhibition ............. 16 8 The National Museum of Iceland. . . . . . . . 10 9 The Nordic House 28 No. Museum Page 10 National Gallery of Iceland ............ 12 11 The Icelandic Phallological Museum .... 18 12 The Culture House ................... 12 13 The Einar Jónsson Museum 20 14 Ásgrímur Jónsson Collection 12 15 Reykjavík Art Museum – Kjarvalsstaðir .. 15 16 Gallerí Fold ........................ 24 17 Reykjavík Art Museum – Ásmundarsafn .. 15 18 Höfuðstöðin 29

The National Museum of Iceland

Welcome to the National Museum of Iceland, a treasure trove of Icelandic cultural history! Established in 1863, we proudly hold the title of being the oldest museum in Iceland. Immerse yourself in our displays of authentic objects, spanning from the Viking age to the present day, inviting you to reflect on the past, present, and future.

Prepare to be captivated by our diverse and captivating temporary exhibitions, carefully curated to cater to different interests and groups. And guess what? Exploring the museum is made even more exciting with our handy audio guides, available in 10 different languages. Simply pick the one that speaks to you and embark on an immersive journey.

And hey, it's not just for the grown-ups —our museum is a blast for the little adventurers too! Kids can dive into games and play dress-up while adults and children alike unleash their curiosity.

running from June 1 to August 31. Check out our website for all the thrilling details.

But wait, there's more! Indulge your taste buds at our Museum Café, where quality coffee and mouth-watering Icelandic delicacies await. And when it's time for a little retail therapy, our museum shop has got you covered with its eclectic range of specially crafted merchandise, unique handicrafts, and a treasure trove of books on Icelandic language, art, and culture.

Get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure at the National Museum of Iceland, where history, culture, and delightful experiences await!

National

Suðurgata 41, 102 Reykjavík

+354 530 2200

www.nationalmuseum.is nationalmuseum@nationalmuseum.is

Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm.

Closed on Mondays Sept 16-Apr 30.

Admission: ISK 2.500.

Children under 18: Free.

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Museum of Iceland

W E LCOME TO

The National Museum of Iceland

Suðurgata 41, 102 Reykjavík

Opening hours

Daily 10-17

Closed on Mondays 16/9-30/4

nationalmuseum.is

+354 530 2200

@thjodminjasafn

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T H E NATION A L MU S EUM OF ICEL A ND

Three Locations

In the Center of Reykjavík

Þórarinn B. Þorláksson (1867–1924)

Uppstilling / Still Life with Apples and a Vase, 1924

Gunnlaugur Scheving (1904–1972)

Sumarnótt / Summer Night, 1959

Ásgrímur Jónsson (1876–1958)

Kvöld í Reykjavík / Evening in Reykjavík, 1916

+354 5159600 www.listasafn.is
Fram fjörðinn, seint um haust Into the Valley in Late Autumn 20.5.— 27.8.2023
Sigtryggur Bjarni Baldvinsson

Reykjavík Art Museum

WELCOME TO REYKJAVÍK ART MUSEUM – RAM

The Reykjavík Art Museum is housed in three unique buildings in the city centre and holds some of the most distinguished works in Iceland’s artistic landscape.

CONTEMPORARY

The exhibitions at RAM Hafnarhús are progressive and experimental, emphasising works from established contemporary artists, highlighting current notables, and encouraging the works of newcomers.

RAM Hafnarhús is home to the works of the Paris-based Icelandic artist Erró (b. 1932), a significant player in the international pop art scene. The museum is located in the oldest part of Reykjavík by the harbour and built in the 1930s.

RAM Hafnarhús

Tryggvagata 17, 101 Reykjavík

Opening hours:

Daily 10am-5pm, Thursdays 10am-10pm.

+354 411 6400 / www.artmuseum.is #Reykjavíkartmuseum

Admission: ISK 2,150. The entrance ticket is valid for 24 hours in all three museums.

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MODERN

RAM Kjarvalsstaðir is named after the painter Jóhannes S. Kjarval (1885-1972), one of Iceland's most influential and recognised artists. The most comprehensive collection of Kjarval’s works is on display in RAM Kjarvalsstaðir, highlighting his range of styles as well his use of local nature and mythology. RAM Kjarvalsstaðir is situated in beautiful Klambratún Park and is the first building in Iceland designed specifically to display art. Its doors opened in 1973 and it is a fine example of Nordic modernism. The building features floor-to-ceiling windows with a view of Klambratún Park and a beautiful restaurant.

RAM Kjarvalsstaðir

Flókagata 24, 105 Reykjavík

Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm.

SCULPTURE

RAM Ásmundarsafn Sculpture Museum

is the former modest home and studio of the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson (18931982), who designed and constructed the building. The museum serves to honour his life and work and displays the largest collection of his sculptures both inside and in a beautiful park outside the building. Ásmundur’s art reflects his lifelong interest in the Icelandic sagas, folk tales, nature, and classical mythology. The building itself is a magnificent work of architecture, largely inspired by Mediterranean architecture.

RAM Ásmundarsafn also houses temporary exhibitions and installations.

RAM Ásmundarsafn

Sigtún, 105 Reykjavík

Opening hours: May-Sept: Daily 10am-5pm.

Oct-Apr: Daily 1pm-5pm.

Reykjavík Art Museum

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Reykjavík City Museum

Kistuhylur, 110 Reykjavík

openairmuseum@Reykjavík.is

www.reykjavikcitymuseum.is

Opening hours:

Jun-Aug: Daily 10am-5pm.

Sept-May: Daily 1pm-5pm.

Admission: ISK 2,150. Free for children.

Árbær Open Air Museum is part of Reykjavík City Museum: One museum in five unique places.

A day out of time

Reykjavík's open air museum, where you can stroll through the past and experience the way we lived.

Fun, fascinating, and full of surprises, this living museum takes you on a journey through time. Reykjavík's early history is

preserved in a series of restored homes, where you'll encounter costumed guides, grazing animals, and traditional crafts. Exhibitions, demonstrations, and tours reveal how Reykjavík came to life, from a few scattered farms to a vibrant capital city.

Aðalstræti 10 & 16, 101 Reykjavík

+354 411 6370

landnam@reykjavík.is

www.reykjavikcitymuseum.is

Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm.

Admission: ISK 2,650. Free for children.

The Settlement Exhibition is part of Reykjavík City Museum: One museum in five unique places.

Just below ground in downtown Reykjavík, this open excavation uncovers the city's Viking Age history. Discovered during construction work and carefully excavated, these ruins are the earliest evidence of human settlement in the city. Aðalstræti

10-16 houses a direct continuation of The Settlement Exhibition, representing

Reykjavík's history from settlement to the present day. Visitors gain insight into the complex history and culture of Reykjavík through the development of construction and city planning in the oldest house in the city centre. Family-friendly and informative exhibition about the evolution of Reykjavík, from farm to city.

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How the ocean formed a nation

A harbour museum exploring Iceland's dramatic relationship with the sea. The survival of a nation depended on generations of brave fishermen heading into the unknown. Over the centuries, methods of catching and working with fish

Reykjavík City Museum

Grandagarður 8, 101 Reykjavík maritimemuseum@Reykjavík.is www.reykjavikcitymuseum.is

Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm. Daily guided tours of coast guard vessel Óðinn at 1, 2 & 3pm.

Admission: Museum: ISK 2,050. Museum & Óðinn: ISK 3,150. Free for children.

Reykjavík Maritime Museum is part of Reykjavík City Museum: One museum in five unique places.

transformed into a science that helped create a modern nation. Exhibitions and artefacts bring our ocean history to life, from battling the waves, to the 'Cod Wars' and beyond. Plus the chance to climb aboard the Óðinn, a 900-tonne coast guard ship, with its own stories to tell.

Tryggvagata 15, 6th floor, 101 Reykjavík photomuseum@Reykjavík.is www.reykjavikcitymuseum.is

Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri 11am-6pm, Sat-Sun 1pm-5pm.

Admission: ISK 1,200. Free for children.

Reykjavík Museum of Photography is part of Reykjavík City Museum: One museum in five unique places.

Capturing moments, then and now

Reflecting the contemporary, while archiving the past – this is Reykjavík's home of photography. Reykjavík's main photography museum offers an ongoing programme of contemporary and historical exhibitions, and an onscreen

archive of thousands of images from the past. New work from Iceland and abroad reflects contemporary photography, while extensive archives from 1860-2000 give an insight into Iceland's changing culture and society over more than a century.

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The Icelandic Phallological Museum

The Icelandic Phallological Museum is the only genuine penis museum in the world and boasts the world´s largest collection of biological penises from well over a hundred species of mammals.

In 2020, the museum relocated to a new and much bigger location in the heart of Reykjavík at Hafnartorg square, right by the old harbour. With an exhibit which has more than doubled in size and presentation which has been improved in every way, a visit to the museum guarantees an unforgettable experience which is unique, tasteful, and family friendly. Educational, humorous, and quite eccentric, this unique attraction challenges visitors with its playful sincerity on the subject matter.

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The Icelandic Phallological Museum

Visitors are also encouraged to enjoy the phallic-themed bistro which serves excellent coffee and refreshments, the waffles are especially recommended, and it even has penis-themed beers. With an emphasis on quality and cosy atmosphere it´s a great place to relax and get a taste of some local specialties.

Hafnatorg, 101 Reykjavík

+354 561 6663 / 690 3774

www.phallus.is

Opening hours: Daily 10am-7pm.

Admission: ISK 2.750

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The Einar Jónsson Sculpture Museum

The Einar Jónsson Sculpture Museum is located in a unique and historic house on Skólavörðuholt, next to the iconic Hallgrímskirkja. The museum is a curious gem worth the visit.

Einar Jónsson (1874-1954) was the first professional sculptor working in Iceland. The museum preserves and showcases close to 300 of his works and a small penthouse apartment he shared with his Danish

Hallgrímstorg 3, 101 Reykjavík (next to Hallgrímskirkja)

+354 551 3797 (museum)

+354 898 3913 (office)

Website & Email: www.lej.is, lej@lej.is

Instagram: @listasafneinarsjonssonar

Facebook: /ListasafnEinarsJonssonar

Twitter: @EinarJonsMuseum

In 1923, the Einar Jónsson Sculpture Museum was the first art museum in Iceland that opened its doors to the public in its own distinct building. The sculpture garden behind the museum showcases 26 bronze casts of Jónsson‘s work. Welcome and feel free to book educational visits for groups outside opening hours.

Opening hours: Daily 12pm-5pm.. Closed on Mondays. The Sculpture garden is always open. Enjoy!

Admission: 1,500 ISK for adults, discount for students & seniors, free for people with disabilities and children under 18.

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wife who later became the museum's first director, Anna Marie Mathilde Jörgensen.
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Art Gallery Fold

Gallerí Fold is Iceland’s leading exhibition and auction house. Established in 1990, the present proprietors have owned Gallerí Fold since 1992. Gallerí Fold sells the works of over 60 of Iceland’s best-known artists. The gallery also resells artworks on behalf of individuals and companies,

Rauðarárstígur 12-14, 105 Reykjavík

+354 551 0400

www.gallerifold.is

fold@myndlist.is

Facebook: /Artgalleryfold

Twitter: @artgalleryfold

both directly and at auctions. There are two big exhibition halls in the gallery where six to eight shows are held every year, displaying art by Icelandic and foreign artists. Gallerí Fold is a member of the Icelandic Fine Art Trade Guild.

Opening hours: Summer: Weekdays 10am-6pm, Sat 12pm-4pm, Closed on Sundays.

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Aurora Reykjavík

– Home of the Northern Lights

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the arctic night sky, witness jaw-dropping displays of dazzling auroras shot all over Iceland and enjoy an educational chat with our passionate northern lights guides and photographers. A truly local experience!

Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavík

+354 780 4500

www.aurorareykjavik.is

info@auroraReykjavík.is

Instagram: @auroraReykjavík

Facebook: /auroraReykjavík

Aurora Reykjavík

Highlights:

• Multimedia Exhibition

• Movie Theatre

• 60° Virtual Reality

• Gallery & Gift Shop

Opening hours: Sat-Sun 11am-6pm

Admission: ISK 2,900.

Students: ISK 2,500

Children: 6 - 16: ISK 1,500

Children under 6: Free

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FlyOver Iceland

Since opening in fall 2019, FlyOver Iceland has quickly become Reykjavík’s hottest attraction. This unique flight ride takes you on a breathtaking trip around Iceland’s landscapes. The ride, which incorporates wind, mist, music, and movement brings guests jolts of joy, laughter, and tears.

The attraction also features two preshows. First is the Longhouse where our grizzly storyteller weaves a story of hard winters and the perseverance of Icelanders. In the Well of Time, SúVitra the wise troll explores the roles of nature, time, and humankind on this remarkable island.

The flight ride takes place on a 270 square meter wraparound screen and the seats move in motion with the film. Guests go on an exhilarating journey through highlands,

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FlyOver Iceland

waterfalls, canyons, and the great wilderness of Iceland. Explore unseen Iceland, from the heart of Reykjavík.

Grandinn

FlyOver Iceland is located at the old harbour area of Reykjavík, named Grandi Harbour District. This neighborhood sits right next to Reykjavík’s city centre and is a fascinating clash of old and new.

Fiskislóð 43, 101 Reykjavík

Tel: +354 527 6700

www.flyoverIceland.is

info@flyovericeland.is

Opening hours:

Daily 9:30am-7pm

Admission: ISK 5.490

Children under 13: ISK 3.490

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The Nordic House

aesthetics and a cultural institution intended to foster and support cultural connections between Iceland and the Nordic countries.

The building is an architectural gem situated in Vatnsmýri, only a 10-minute walk from Reykjavík city centre. The Nordic House organises a diverse programme of exhibitions, events, and activites throughout the year with many events free of charge.

The Nordic House is designed by acclaimed Finnish modernist architect Alvar Aalto (1898-1976). The house features most of Aalto's signature traits and is furnished with beautiful design. The Nordic House features a unique library, a children's library, a concert hall as well as an exhibition hall (Hvelfing) showcasing relevant contemporary art, culture and design.

The Nordic House is home to restaurant

Sónó Matseljur, a vegetarian restaurant

Sæmundargata 11, 102 Reykjavík

+354 551 7030 (Nordic House)

+354 851 6060 (Sono)

www.nordichouse.is

info@nordichouse.is

that dances to the rhythm of the seasons with local Icelandic herbs and seductive spices of the Middle East.

The Nordic House opening hours change depending on events and festivals. Check out our event calendar for more information. Our website is in three languages, English, Icelandic and one Scandinavian language. Welcome!

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Closed on Mondays.

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Höfuðstöðin is a new art and culture center that permanently displays the large-scale multi-sensory installation Chromo Sapiens by Shoplifter / Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir.

Höfuðstöðin opened in 2022 and is the first self funded art center created by an Icelandic female artist around her own work, and raised over $100.000 on Kickstarter before its opening.

Höfuðstöðin also features a beautiful café with outdoor seating, where you can get a light lunch after seeing the exhibit, or even a cocktail at their stylish bar. The space can also be rented for private events.

Chromo Sapiens is Shoplifter's monumental, multi-sensory, large-scale installation that debuted at the Icelandic Pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 2019, to worldwide critical acclaim. The installation

Rafstöðvarvegur 1a, 110 Reykjavík

+354 550 0077

www.hofudstodin.com

consists of three caves made from Shoplifter’s signature material, synthetic hair extensions. The installation surrounds the viewer's horizon with soundscapes from the Icelandic band HAM in each cave. Entering the installation as homo sapiens, you are invited to explore your inner landscape through the stimulation of the senses, where you are the destination of the journey, and when exiting you have transformed into Chromo Sapiens.

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm

Admission: ISK 2,050. Youth (12-17): ISK 1,250

Seniors: ISK 1,450. Children (5-11): ISK 650

Children under 5: Free

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Höfuðstöðin

The Greater Reykjavík Area

30 KÓPAVOGUR GARÐABÆR SELTJARNARNES VIÐEY HAFNARFJÖRÐUR ÁLFTANES 41 40 49 40 41 49 41 413 410 408 KRINGLAN SHOPPING CENTRE SMÁRALIND SHOPPING CENTRE HALLGRÍMSKIRK JA CHURCH REYKJAVÍK DOWNTOWN PAGE 8 1 6 5 2 3 4 7
31 ELLIÐAVATN MOSFELLSBÆR VIÐEY HEIÐMÖRK 1 41 413 410 408 431 408 430 431 36 1 1 No. Museum Page 1 Pharmacy Museum & Herbal Garden of Nes ..... 34 2 Reykjavík Botanic Garden .............................. 33 3 Reykjavík Zoo and Family Park 32 4 Gerðarsafn - Kópavogur Art Museum 36 4 Natural History Museum of Kópavogur ............ 36 4 Salurinn ...................................................... 37 No. Museum Page 5 Museum of Design and Applied Art ................. 35 6 Hafnarfjörður Museum .................................. 38 7 Hafnarborg 39 8 Árbær Open Air Museun 16 9 Mosfellsbær Art Gallery/Mosfellsbær Library .. 40 10 Gljúfrasteinn – Laxness Museum ................... 41 8 9 10

Reykjavík Family Park and Zoo

Reykjavík Family Park and Zoo is open every day of the year. It offers a fun day out for families with a variety of animals and a theme park.

The zoo's main focus are Icelandic domestic animals as well as a few wild species such as reptiles, seals, and others. Throughout the summer months, the park offers many different rides as well as various outdoor activities, aimed at all ages from one year old to however old or young you want to be.

Múlavegur 2, 104 Reykjavík

+354 411 5900

www.mu.is

postur@husdyragardur.is

Opening hours:

Summer: Daily 10am-6pm.

Winter: Daily 10am-5pm.

Admission: Age 13 and over ISK 1.500.

Children 6-12: ISK 1.050.

Children 0-5, seniors and disabled free admission.

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The garden's main role is to conserve plants for education, research, and delight. It conserves some 3,000 plant species in eight plant collections. The collections give an idea of the enormous diversity of vegetation in the northern temperate zone. During the summer, a variety of events are held in the Botanic Garden. Free guided tours in English are available every Friday in June, July, and August at 12:40pm.

Flóran Cafe is popular and well known for its delicious treats with ingredients grown in the garden and served in beautiful surroundings. You can find opening hours for Flóran Cafe on the café’s website, floran.is.

Reykjavík Botanic Garden

Laugardalur, 104 Reykjavík

+354 411 8650

www.grasagardur.is

botgard@Reykjavík.is

Facebook: /grasagardur

Opening hours:

Summer: 10am-10pm.

Winter: 10am-3pm.

Admission: Free.

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The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of plants situated in Laugardalur valley in the heart of Reykjavík.

Nesstofa by Seltjörn Pond

Nesstofa has unique architectural significance. The house was built in 17611767 as the official residence of Iceland’s first medical doctor and first pharmacist.

Safnatröð 3, 170 Seltjarnarnes

+354 530 2200

thjodminjasafn@thjodminjasafn.is

house itself, its construction and the history of its preservation and landmarks in its history.

Opening hours: June 13–Aug 31, daily from 1pm-5pm, closed on Mondays.

Admission: Free.

Transport: Bus no. 11.

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Museum of Design and Applied Art

The Museum of Design and Applied Art collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits Icelandic design from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day.

The museum consists of four spaces: The main exhibition space, a space for designers in residence, a space dedicated to research in the design field, and finally, a beautiful museum shop featuring works from around 30 Icelandic designers.

Garðatorg 1, 210 Garðabær

+354 512 1525

honnunarsafn@honnunarsafn.is

www.honnunarsafn.is

Opening hours:

Tues-Sun 12pm-5pm.

Closed on Mondays.

Admission: 1.000 ISK.

Students and seniors: 500 ISK

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Culture Hill in Kópavogur

Enjoy the breathtaking view from Kópavogskirkja Church. Dive into nature at the Natural History Museum of Kópavogur. Fill your senses with progressive contemporary art at Gerðarsafn Kópavogur Art Museum, have a look at what the museum shop has to offer and enjoy some delightful beverages at the local café. Take a moment to relax and read at Kópavogur Public Library. Have a nice soak at Kópavogur Swimming Pool. And if you’re lucky, attend a concert at Salurinn Concert Hall.

Welcome to Culture Hill, the easy way to experience culture and nature all in one stop. Conveniently located at the Hamraborg bus stop in Kópavogur, the hill includes several unique cultural attractions within walking distance. Culture Hill is serviced by buses 1, 2 and 4 from Reykjavík center to Hamraborg.

The Natural History Museum offers an insight into Icelandic wildlife and the formation of Iceland. Icelandic biota and diverse habitats in Icelandic nature are displayed in a creative way.

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Gerðarsafn Kópavogur Art Museum is a progressive museum with an emphasis on modern and contemporary art. Gerðarsafn offers temporary exhibitions with works by Icelandic and international contemporary artists as well as displaying the museum collection. The exhibition program echoes the museum’s status as the only Icelandic Museum built in honor of a female artist, sculptor Gerður Helgadóttir (1928-1975).

Kópavogur Public Library welcomes all to its cozy surroundings, offering a good selection of books and magazines. The library’s vision is to provide an attractive space where guests enjoy spending time, browsing the collection, and attending various events.

Salurinn Concert Hall is the first speciallydesigned concert hall in Iceland and offers various concerts all year around.

At Culture Hill, various events are offered free of charge. Check out the event schedule at www.meko.is.

Culture Hill in Kópavogur

Gerðarsafn Art Museum

Hamraborg 4, 200 Kópavogur

www.gerdarsafn.is, +354 441 7600

Open daily 12am-6pm.

Admission: ISK 1,200

Natural History Museum of Kópavogur

Hamraborg 6, 200 Kópavogur

www.natkop.is, +354 441 7200

Open: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm.

Sat 11am-5pm.

Admission: Free.

Kópavogur Public Library

Hamraborg 6, 200 Kópavogur

www.bokasafn.kopavogur.is

+354 441 6800

Open: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm. Sat 11am-5pm.

Salurinn Concert Hall

Hamraborg 6, 200 Kópavogur

www.salurinn.is, +354 441 7500

Box office open: Tue-Fri 12pm-4pm.

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Hafnarfjörður Museum

Hafnarfjörður Museum features the cultural history of the town of Hafnarfjörður through artefacts, photographs, and stories of the town.

Hafnarfjörður Museum consists of six

Vesturgata 6, 220 Hafnarfjörður

+354 585 5780

www.byggdasafnid.is museum@hafnarfjordur.is

houses, and nine year-round exhibitions shedding light on the history and culture of the area. Hafnarfjörður Museum aims to showcase the ever-changing lives of the folks in this seaside town. Today, just over 30,000 people call Hafnarfjörður home.

Opening hours:

Jun-Aug: Daily 11am-5pm.

Sept-May: Sat & Sun 11am-5pm.

Open for groups by appointment.

Admission: Free.

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Hafnarborg – Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art

Hafnarborg lies in the centre of Hafnarfjörður, a cultural centre which plays host to cultural events and activities in all forms – art exhibitions, concerts, art workshops, and more.

Hafnarborg stages diverse shows each year with both major Icelandic and foreign artists, as well as showcasing pieces from the art collection of Hafnarborg. The collection is comprised of more than 1,500 works of art from some of the most distinguished artists in country, including Eiríkur Smith who bequeathed hundreds of his works to Hafnarborg. The centre hosts a number of popular concert series such as the midday concert series, the contemporary concert series, Hljóðön as well as the Songfest – Sönghátíð í Hafnarborg.

Strandgata 34, 220 Hafnarfjordur

+354 585 5790

www.hafnarborg.is hafnarborg@hafnarfjordur.is

Opening hours: Daily from 12pm-5pm, except on Tuesdays. Admission: Free.

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Mosfellsbær Art Gallery / Mosfellsbær Library

Mosfellsbær Art Gallery opened in 2005 and is a part of the town's public library.

Both the gallery and the library are a central part of the cultural life of Mosfellsbær and are frequently attended by locals and visitors alike. The gallery hosts about ten exhibitions a year with each one lasting around four weeks. Mosfellsbær Art Gallery is an exciting small-town gallery hosting exhibitions by experienced artists as well as newcomers in the field. The gallery emphasises diversity in exhibitions, both in media and style. One exhibition might showcase a classic historical overview of textiles, while the next is a funky experimental experience for the senses.

Kjarni, Þverholt 2, 270 Mosfellsbær

+354 566 6822

bokasafn@mos.is / bokmos.is

Facebook: /listasalurmoso, /bokmos

Instagram: @listasalur_moso, @bokasafn_moso

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 12pm-4pm.

Closed on Sundays.

Jun-Jul Closed on Saturdays.

Admission: Free.

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Gljúfrasteinn – Laxness Museum

Gljúfrasteinn was the home of writer Halldór Laxness (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955) and his family for more than half a century.

Halldór was a prolific writer during his long career and his books have been translated into 43 languages and published in more than 500 editions. The author’s home is preserved just as it was when he lived and worked there.

The museum features a multimedia presentation dedicated to Laxness’s life and work. Laxness witnessed the better part of the 20th century, and his life and works reflect the cultural, political, and intellectual movements that shook and

Gljúfrasteinn, 270 Mosfellsbær

+354 586 8066

www.gljufrasteinn.is

gljufrasteinn@gljufrasteinn.is

transformed the world during the century. His books and souvenirs can be accessed in the museum gift shop.

Audio tours of the house are available in Icelandic, English, German, Swedish, and Danish. A folder is available in French, with detailed information about the house, objects, and works of art. Tours can be offered in other languages by prior arrangement with the staff.

In the beautiful countryside in Mosfellsdalur, right next to Gljúfrasteinn, visitors can take walks to see where Laxness spent his childhood and, in later life, sought his inspiration.

Opening hours:

Jun-Aug | Daily 10am-5pm

Sep-Oct | Daily 10am-4pm, Closed Mon

Nov-Feb | Tues-Fri 10am-4pm

Mar-May | Daily 10am-4pm, Closed Mon

Admission: ISK 1,200. Seniors and disabled: ISK 1,000, Children under 18: Free.

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Suðurnes Science and Learning Centre

Learning Centre is a place you must visit!

The centre features three exhibitions, including a nature gallery where you can look at taxidermied Icelandic animals as well as live sea creatures.

The historical gallery features the magnificent exhibition Attraction of the Poles, on the life of the French medical doctor and polar scientist Jean-Baptiste Charcot.

In the art gallery, you will find the art and educational exhibition Hidden World of the Seaweed Fairies. The exhibition weaves scientific knowledge about the ocean into

Garðvegi 1, 245 Sandgerði

+354 423 7555

www.thekkingarsetur.is thekkingarsetur@thekkingarsetur.is

the magical world of the seaweed fairies.

The interactive and educational museum, science and adventure guide, Fróðleiksfúsi is in production and will be available to curious families and their young ones in late 2023 and onwards.

Opening hours: May-Aug: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat & Sun 1pm-5pm. Other hours for groups year round by appointment, please call +354 423 7551. Admission: ISK 600. Children 6-15: ISK 300. Seniors: ISK 400. Groups (10+): ISK 500.

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The Heritage Museum at Garðskagi

The Heritage Museum at Garðskagi is located in a beautiful museum area by Garðskagaviti Lighthouse in Suðurnesjabær, where there is a panoramic view in all directions, diverse bird life and the sea in its ever-changing form, and hiking trails by the shore.

The motorboat Hólmsteinn GK20, a 43-tonne wooden boat, stands by the museum. The impressive collection of several dozens of engines and motors, all in working condition, is nowhere to be found but here along with a GMC called the Truck / Trukkurinn with its long working history. The oldest engine is a Scandia engine from 1920. The wooden boat Fram, built in 1887, is preserved in the museum. Recently, a museum reception and shop

Skagabraut 100, 250 Suðurnesjabær

+354 425 3008

byggdasafn@sudurnesjabaer.is

Facebook: @byggdasafngardskaga

Instagram: byggdasafnid.gardskaga

Opening hours:

May-Sept: Daily 10am-5pm.

Oct-Apr: Open by appointment.

Admission: Free.

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were opened, with furnishings from Þorlákur Benediktsson's Store from 1921. Hilmar Bragi Bárðarsson

At the marina in Gróf, 230 Reykjanesbær

+354 420 3245 / 421 6700

www.skessan.is / skessan@reykjanesbaer.is

Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm.

Admission: Free June-August.

Duus Safnahús, Cultural Centre

Eight Exhibition Halls:

• The Reykjanes Art Museum

• The Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark

• The Pit

• The Parlour Room

Duusgata 2–8, 230 Reykjanesbær

+354 420 3245

www.duusmuseum.is

duushus@reykjanesbaer.is

• The Reykjanes Heritage Museum

• The Reykjanes Maritime Centre

• The Movie Hall

• The Attic

Opening hours: Daily 12pm-5pm.

Admission: ISK 1.500.

Seniors and students: ISK 1.200.

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Giganta

Icelandic Museum of Rock & Roll

The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll (Rokksafn Íslands) is a fascinating, familyfriendly, and interactive exhibition where you can walk through and learn all about the history of popular music in Iceland.

The museum's format is built around a timeline of the history of Icelandic music, from the 19th-century classics right up to modern-day superstars like Björk, Of Monsters and Men, Sigur Rós, Kaleo, and many more. A brand-new addition to the museum now offers you an incredible interactive tour of the history of your favourite Icelandic artists. The "Interactive LP Player" allows you to pick up and play an album that tells the

Hjallavegur

info@hljomaholl.is / www.rokksafn.is

story of famous Icelandic artists, including Björk, Sigur Rós, and Of Monsters and Men, and scroll your way through their history on an enormous display wall - you're fully in control of the display here. Try the popular “Sound Lab” where electric guitars, an electronic drum kit, and a special karaoke singing booth are waiting for you.

The Icelandic Museum of Rock' n' Roll is for everyone - for those who love Icelandic music and those who want to discover Icelandic Music.

The museum is located in Reykjanesbær, only a 5-minute drive away from Keflavik International airport.

Opening hours: Daily 11am-6pm.

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2, 260 Reykjanesbær. +354 420 1030

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Akranes Folk Museum

Akranes Folk Museum opened the doors to a new and renovated exhibition in the spring of 2021 and was the exhibition nominated for the Icelandic Museum Awards 2022.

The exhibition discovers everyday life in Akranes and Hvalfjarðarsveit and the development from a farmers and fishing village in the 17th century to a modern day

Garðaholt 3, 300 Akranes

+354 433 1150

museum@museum.is

www.museum.is

Facebook: /akranesfolkmuseum

Instagram: @akranesmuseum

society in the 21st century. The exhibition has four themes that explore life at sea, life on land, life at work and life at play. Guests are introduced to people that put their mark on the society and hear stories from their adventures. The permanent exhibition consists of a historical narrative with artifacts, photographs and an audio guide that leads the guests through the space in Icelandic and English.

Opening hours: May 15 - Sep 14: 11am-5pm Sep 15 - May 14: Saturdays 1pm-5pm and by appointment.

Admission: ISK 1,000. Free for children. ISK 700 for seniors, disabled, and groups (10+).

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Welcome to Jómfrúin, the home of Danish smørrebrød in Reykjavik. It all began in 1888 with Oscars Davidsen’s highly praised smørrebrød restaurant in Copenhagen. An unbroken tradition of quality and Danish culinary culture for the past 100 years. Enjoy!

Open every day 11:00 - 22:00 | Lækjargata 4 | 101 Reykjavík | jomfruin.is

Snorrastofa Cultural Centre in Reykholt

Snorrastofa was founded in memory of Snorri Sturluson, Iceland’s most important saga writer, chieftain, and poet, who settled in Reykholt in 1206 and was murdered there in the fall of 1241.

The hot pool Snorralaug (Snorri’s pool) is one of the most famous ancient structures in Iceland. Snorrastofa manages research projects, runs a library and a gift shop, and provides exhibitions as well as welcoming travellers. Reykholt Music Festival is an annual event in the church, held each year on the last weekend of July.

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Snorrastofa Cultural Centre in Reykholt

Reykholt í Borgarfirði, 320 Reykholt

+354 433 8000

snorrastofa@snorrastofa.is www.snorrastofa.is

Admission: ISK 1,500. Groups: ISK 1,000.

Opening hours:

May-Aug: Daily 10am-5pm.

Sep-Apr: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

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19th century. The attic houses an open museum storeroom with artefacts from the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The ground floor houses varying exhibits in the milk room and kitchen, focusing on local art, culture, and history. Visitors can also enjoy

Hafnargata 5, 340 Stykkishólmur

+354 433 8114

www.norskahusid.is

Opening hours: Summer: Tue-Sun 1pm-4pm

Admission: ISK 1.550.

Students and seniors: ISK 1.050.

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The Library of Water is an installation piece by American artist Roni Horn.

The museum is situated on the highest point of Stykkishólmur town, with a magnificent view in all directions.

The old library building was modelled into a museum of water, words, and weather descriptions. The museum displays 24 glass pillars, filled with water from glaciers all around Iceland.

Bókhlöðustígur 19, 340 Stykkishólmur Opening hours:

June-Aug: Daily 11am-5pm.

Sept-May: see Norskahusid.is

Tickets sold in the Norwegian House.

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Library of Water

The Westfjords

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The Icelandic Sea Monster Museum and Coffee Shop

Tales of sea monsters have played a colorful role in Icelandic folk culture for centuries and thousands of written accounts can be found all around the country.

Today, these elusive creatures that still appear in Arnafjordur have been given a worthy home at the Icelandic Monster Museum, located in the village of Bíldu dalur on the shores of Arnarfjörður fjord, proclaimed to be one of the most prolific centers of monster activity in Iceland. Visitors to the Sea Monster Museum watch these remarkable creatures brought to life through a lively mix of words, images, and videos, an action-packed multimedia display that culminates in a spectacular interactive

Skrímslasetur, Strandgata 7, 465 Bíldudalur

www.skrimsli.is

skrimsli@skrimsli.is

+354 456 6666

plinth, the first of its kind in Iceland. There is also an excellent café at the museum, making it a great place to stop for a treat.

Opening hours: May 15 - Sep 15: Daily 10am-6pm. Yearround: By appointment, call +354 456 6666

Admission: ISK 1,450.

Children under 10: Free.

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Samúel Jónsson’s Art Museum

The museum features the works and life story of local artist Samúel Jónsson.

The association for the renovation of Samúel Jónsson’s art museum in

Brautarholt in Selárdal, Arnarfjörður

+356 698 7533, olafur@sogumidlun.is https://samuelssafn.is/

Selárdalur has been working on the restoration of Samúel’s statues and buildings for some years. The house has now been restored and features a shop and guest accommodations.

Opening hours: Jun 1 - Sep 3: Daily 10am-7pm.

Admission:

ISK 500, free for children under 12.

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The Jón Sigurðsson Museum

Danish rule in the 19th century.

There is an exhibition on Jón's life and work in the main building in Hrafnseyri called FOR THE GOOD OF THE NATION. His name will always be linked to the establishment of the Icelandic state, and after his death in 1879, he became a symbol of the Icelandic nation. A replica of his childhood turf home is situated in Hrafnseyri, where you can enjoy coffee and some Icelandic pastries. The area also features a charming wooden church, which was consecrated in 1886.

Hrafnseyri við Arnarfjörð, 465 Bíldudalur

+354 456 8260

www.hrafnseyri.is / hrafnseyri@hrafnseyri.is

Facebook: /hrafnseyri

Instagram: @hrafnseyri @kaffihrafnseyri

Opening hours: June 1-Sept 8. Daily 10am-5pm (or by appointment).

Admission: Free

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Ósvör Maritime Museum

Ósvör is a reconstruction of a 19th-century fishing station.

Among the exhibits is the rowboat Ölver which gives a good idea of the kind of ships that were used in the old days of rowboat

Ósvör, 415 Bolungarvík

+354 892 5744 / 456-7005

osvor@osvor.is www.osvor.is

Opening hours: Jun 10-Aug 20: Daily 10am-5pm. Open year round at other times by appointment.

fishing. A curator, dressed in a traditional fisherman's outfit, guides visitors and describes buildings, boats, and items on display used for fishing and fish processing in centuries past.

Admission: Admission: ISK 1.500.

Seniors: 1.200. Children under 16: Free.

Combined ticket Natural History Museum & Osvör Maritime Museum ISK 1,600.

The Snjáfjallasetur Heritage Centre

The Snjáfjallasetur Heritage Centre is located at Dalbær Snæfjallaströnd.

At the centre visitors can see exhibitions about Drangajökull Glacier, the desolated farms in the region, composer Sigvaldi Kaldalóns, and the slaying of Basque whalers in 1615.

Snjafjallasetur Dalbær, Snæfjallaströnd, 401 Ísafjarðardjúp

https://www.snjafjallasetur.is/ olafur@sogumidlun.is

+354 698 7533

Opening Hours: Open Jul 15 - Sep 9 Call for opening hours.

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Steinshús

Steinn Steinarr, born in Nauteyrarhreppur parish October 13, 1908.

Steinn is considered the most important modernist poet in Icelandic history. The exhibition, which opened in 2015, sheds light on the origins of the poet in Ísafjarðardjúp Bay, how his family was split up, his first encounters with poetry with Stefán from Hvítadalur as well as his studies in Saurbær with poet and teacher Jóhannes úr Kötlum. The museum showcases Steinn’s first attempts at writing poetry, his studies at Núpur in Dýrafjörður, his life as a freelance worker, and publications of his poems, along with his encounter and life with Ásthildur Björnsdóttir. The exhibition is both in Icelandic and English.

Steinshús plays host to a café for three months during the summer, offering soup as

Steinshús-Nauteyri, 512 Hólmavík

+354 898 9300

steinshus@steinnsteinarr.is

thruman@simnet.is / www.steinnsteinarr.is

bread, cakes, and waffles. Local crafts are also on sale. Free WiFi on site.

Opening hours: Jun 8 - Sep 1: Daily 10am-8pm.

Admission: Free.

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The Sheep Farming Museum

The Sheep Farming Museum contains an interesting and entertaining exhibition about the Icelandic sheep and sheep farming and two temporary exhibitions that change regularly.

The museum provides entertainment for all ages. Children can enjoy themselves in the playroom while the grown-ups peruse the exhibition. The family can also have fun testing their knowledge of sheep and other farm animals together. The museum is beautifully located by the sea and surrounded by diverse birdlife. Close by is a beautiful sculpture walking trail.

The museum features a charming cafe famous for its rhubarb pie and an excellent

spot for local ice cream. There’s also a gift shop offering local crafts and souvenirs.

Sævangur, 510 Hólmavík

+354 451 3324 / 693 3474

www.saudfjarsetur.is

saudfjarsetur@saudfjarsetur.is

Opening hours:

Jun-Aug: 10am-6pm.

Sept-May: By appointment.

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Reykir Folk Museum

The Reykir Folk Museum offers an account of the lives and works of locals during the latter half of the 19th century and the early 20th century.

Visitors can view two exhibitions within two halls. The first exhibition revolves around shark fishing in Húnaflói Bay, a noteworthy era in the region’s history. The larger hall houses an exhibition on the Icelandic rural community, as it existed around 1900.

Reykjaskólvegur 6, Hrútafirði, 500 Stað

+354 451 0040

www.reykjasafn.is

reykjasafn@hunathing.is

Textile Museum

The Textile Museum in Blönduós is the only museum specifically focused on textile in Iceland.

The museum is located in a beautiful building, featuring several unique and independent exhibitions of embroideries as well as Icelandic national costumes. The Halldóra room is dedicated to the life and work of Halldóra Bjarnadóttir (1873-1981), a former headmistress who took an active part in the social life in the area, as well as a wool exhibition. The museum hosts a special exhibition each year, showcasing Icelandic textile artists and designers.

Árbraut 29, 540 Blönduós

+354 452 4067

www.textile.is / textile@textile.is

Opening Hours: June-Aug: Daily 9am-5pm.

Sept-May: By appointment.

Admission: ISK 1,500. Groups (10+), seniors and disabled: ISK 1,000. Children (17 years and younger): Free.

Opening hours: Jun-Aug: Daily 10am-5pm.

Sept-May: By appointment.

Admission: ISK 1.800. Discount for seniors and groups. Children under 16: Free.

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The Skagafjörður Heritage Museum

The main exhibition is in the old Glaumbær turf farmhouse. It depicts everyday life in a well-to-do traditional Icelandic turf house from around 1850 to 1950.

Áshús is a late 19th-century timber building which houses an exhibition on daily life in the early 20th century as well as the museum‘s tearoom, which offers traditional cakes and other baked goods as well as soup.

Gilsstofa is a timber house, originally built in 1849, but reconstructed at Glaumbær in 1997. It houses exhibitions on two floors. It houses the museum’s main office and a small souvenir shop.

Glaumbær, 561 Varmahlíð

+354 453 6173

byggdasafn@skagafjordur.is

glaumbaer.is

Opening hours: May 20-Sept 20: Daily

The head office of the Skagafjörður Heritage Museum is located just outside the museum grounds, north of the church, in the former vicarage.

10am-6pm. Sept 21-Oct 20 & Apr 1-May 19: Weekdays 10am-4pm. Oct 21-Mar 31: By request.

Admission: ISK 2.000. Students and seniors: ISK 1.700. Children under 18: Free.

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1238 - The Battle of Iceland

1238 – The Battle of Iceland is an immersive history exhibition in Sauðárkrókur that uses an innovative way of telling the story of events that took place in Skagafjörður in the age of Sturlungar in the 13th century. The exhibition consists of a virtual reality experience, where guests step into The Battle of Örlygsstaðir, augmented elements providing exciting insights into the age of Sturlungar, combined with more traditional exhibition features.

The exhibition reenacts the most famous events of the Sturlunga age (1220-1264), the bloodiest era in Iceland's history, in which chieftains fought in an all-out civil war resulting in the loss of Iceland's independence.

The exhibition takes place in three halls, where the main historical events are explained: The great battles of Haugsnes,

Örlygsstaðir, and the Gulf, along with the burning of Flugumýri.

What makes the exhibition unique is its use of cutting-edge technology in describing the history and cultural heritage of Iceland. This is made possible by using Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and interactive AI. Music and arts are also included in props, artworks, and installations.

1238 – The Battle of Iceland is a tremendous source of entertainment, suitable for people of all ages, families, and friends where everyone is sure to find something to their liking. People with a keen interest in history, culture, and technology are especially welcome.

Located near the entrance are the restaurant Grána Bistro, a souvenir shop, and a tourist information centre, making Aðalgata 21 a perfect stop for visitors.

Opening hours: Daily: 10am-5pm.

www.1238.is

info@1238.is

Winter 11am-4pm. Closed on Sundays.

Admission: ISK 3,400.

Children 6-13: ISK 2,400.

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Aðalgata 21, 550 Sauðárkrókur
1238
+354 588

Akureyri Art Museum is in the town centre; in the creative and bustling Listagil (Art Street). It aims to promote visual arts and culture in the local community as well as in a wider global context.

The museum hosts diverse art exhibitions by local as well as international artists, featuring everything from paintings and photography to performance art and installations. The two former factory buildings that make up Akureyri Art Museum have been joined through a connecting annex, which houses Ketilkaffi, a lunch-and-coffee place much favoured by locals. Several elegant galleries can be found on 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor, offering diverse exhibitions. The museum shop is located on the ground floor where the entrance allows access for the disabled.

Kaupvangsstræti 8-12, 600 Akureyri

+354 461 2610

listak@listak.is, listak.is

Opening hours:

June – August: 10am – 5pm daily

September – May: 12pm – 5pm daily

Akureyri Art Museum

Admission: ISK 2,000.

Senior citizens and students ISK 1,000.

Free admission for children under 18 years, disabled people and members of FÍSOS, SÍM, ICOM, and the Gil society.

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The Old Town in Akureyri

In the oldest part of Akureyri, the Old Town, visitors will find three varied and family-friendly museums. Two of them are situated next to the oldest ornamental garden in Iceland, an ideal place to rest with benches, tables, and chairs. The 19th century Akureyri Museum church is located in the garden, which can be rented for events and concerts.

Akureyri Museum –family-friendly exhibitions

Akureyri Museum offers interesting, high-quality exhibitions for the whole family. Current exhibitions are; Music in Akureyri, Icelandic maps – a lovestory, In the shadow – photographic exhibition, Akureyri – the Town by the Bay.

An annual Christmas exhibition featuring the wonderland of the Icelandic yule lads opens in November. Visitors are able to test their map-making skills, play on the Islandia gaming board, try out their musical skills, and even play dress-up in the shop.

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Nonni's House –

A small house with a big story

Do you know Nonni? Did you know the building once housed a school? How many families lived in Nonni’s House at the same time? Why are there books in Japanese, Basque, and Esperanto? Nonni’s House is full of stories. The main one focuses on the history of Nonni and his family. Why did Nonni move from Akureyri as a 12 year old to become a Jesuit priest and an author?

Akureyri Toy Museum

The houses look a bit like dollhouses in the oldest part of Akureyri. One of them has been changed into a toy museum, full of toys in every shape and size from the last 100 years. Who hasn’t dreamed of playing in a toy store? Become a child again, and bring your kids with you. Beware! It’s often a hassle to get the kids out – you know who you are!

The house is called Friðbjarnarhús after Friðbjörn Steinsson who constructed it. The Independent Order of the Good Templars was formed there in 1884. On the upper floor is the old meeting room of the lodge.

The Old Town in Akureyri

Aðalstræti 48, 56 and 58, Innbærinn

+354 462 4162

Opening hours: June-Sept: Daily 11am5pm. Oct-May: Daily 1pm-4pm. Toy Museum closed Sept-May.

Admission: ISK 2.300.

Seniors: ISK 1.300.

Ticket is valid for 5 museums all year. Children 0-17: free admission.

Free bus nr. 5/6 – 20 min from City Hall Square 10 min from the Botanical Garden.

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The Icelandic Aviation Museum

The Icelandic Aviation Museum is dedicated to aviation in Iceland, its history and development, from the first fumbling attempts at commercial aviation in 1919 to the mid- and late 20th century airlines, some of which still operate, to the history of medical transport and the Icelandic Coast Guard.

Aviation history is covered with photographs, artefacts, models and historic aircrafts, including airplanes and helicopter, which some are in airworthy condition and fly in the annual air show held by the museum in June every year. Visitors are allowed to access the interior of a few of the aircrafts.

Akureyri Airport, 600 Akureyri +354 461 4400 / 844 0104

flugsafn@flugsafn.is www.flugsafn.is

Opening hours:

Mid-May - Mid-Sept: Daily 11am-5pm. Mid-Sept - Mid-May: Sat 1pm-4pm and by appointment.

Admission: ISK 1.500. Seniors and students: ISK 1.000. Children under 18: Free.

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Davíð's House

Davíð's House was built in 1944 by one of Iceland’s most loved poets and writers, Davíð Stefánsson from Fagriskógur. Davíð had a taste for the finer things in life and was an enthusiastic collector of art and books. His home stands as a testament to his taste; full of books, art and other personal articles, just as he left it in 1964.

Davíð’s home was officially made a museum in 1965. The town of Akureyri bought his library, while his heirs bequeathed his personal belongings and household inventory to the museum.

Bjarkarstígur 6, 600 Akureyri

+354 462 4162

Opening hours:

June-Aug: Open for guided tours at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm only.

A national collection was started to purchase the house at Bjarkarstígur 6, which was handed over to Akureyri. Visitors can get to know the poet and his secrets in a guided tour.

Admission: ISK 2.300. Seniors: ISK 1.300. Ticket is valid for 5 museums all year. Children 0-17: free admission.

5 min from the Municipal Library of Akureyri - 10 min. from the Town Square.

Safnasafnið Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum

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w w w safnasafnið is #safnasafnid + 354 461 4066 Open May 7–Sep 10

Laufás Heritage Site

Laufás is a breathtaking farmstead surrounded by mountains and a picturesque view of the fjord with history at each footstep.

Inhabited since the settlement of Iceland (874-930), it has been a church site since early Christianity in Iceland. Once you enter the farmstead, you’ll take a walk through history. The Laufás house itself is a clear-cut example of the gabled turf/sod farmhouse, typical for Icelandic houses at the time of construction, although it is larger in size. It is fitted with museum pieces

Laufás, 616 Grenivík +354 462 4162 minjasafnid.is

Opening hours: June-Sept: Daily 11am5pm. Open for groups all year.

and furniture from the late 19th century. Laufás church was constructed in 1865 and among its special items is a pulpit from 1698 with marvellous carvings. One of the oldest rowan trees in the country sits on the east side of the house, from 1855.

Admission: ISK 2.300.

Seniors: ISK 1.300. Ticket is valid for 5 museums all year. Children 0-17: free admission. Free coffee with every ticket.

The Culture House / Safnahúsið

The Culture House in Húsavík houses a variety of cultural and museum operations. There are two permanent exhibitions in the Culture House, as well as two spaces for temporary exhibitions. Daily Life and Nature – 100 Years in Þingeyjarsýslur is one of the permanent exhibitions. It focuses on the interaction of man and nature during the period of 1850-1950. The other permanent exhibition is the Maritime Museum which paints a comprehensive picture of the evolution of fishing and boat building in the area, from the time of rowboats and until the age of the motorboats.

Stóragarði 17, 640 Húsavík

+345 464 3688 / 464 1860

www.husmus.is, safnahus@husmus.is

Opening hours: May 15-Aug 31: 11am-5pm daily

Sep 1-May 14: Tue-Fri 1pm-4pm, Sat 11am-4pm Other times by appointment.

Admission: ISK 2.000. Seniors and students: ISK 1.500. Children under 18: Free. Groups 10 or more: ISK 1.700.

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Akureyri Museum Nonni's house Akureyri Toy Museum
Aðalstræti 58, Akureyri • Sími/Tel: 4 62 4162 minjasafnid.is Only 2.300 ISK Children free One ticket for 5 museums - valid all year
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Húsavík Whale Museum

The Húsavík Whale Museum is a non-profit organisation founded in 1997. The aim of the museum is to convey information about whales, marine ecology, and the interaction of whales and humans through history in an entertaining and interesting way.

Rated on TripAdvisor as one of the top attractions in North Iceland, the museum has over eight exhibition rooms and is one of few museums in the world solely dedicated to whales. On display are numerous different whale skeletons and fascinating facts about whales. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, the museum also features an educational Whale School programme. A documentary is screened in the cinema room.

The Húsavík Whale Museum has 11 fullsize whale skeletons on display. A full-size narwhale skeleton with its unicorn-like tusk is one of the museums

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enormous blue whale skeleton. A small gift shop is located in the entrance hall. Various whale-related items can be found there as well as books, T-shirts, posters, and handmade items.

Húsavík Whale Museum

Hafnarstétt 1, 640 Húsavík

+354 414 2800

www.whalemuseum.is

Opening hours: Apr-Oct: 9am-6pm Nov-Mar: 10am-4pm

Admission: ISK 2,200*

Children Free**

* Whale watching passengers get 20% discount.

* Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Grenjaðarstaður

One of the largest and grandest turf houses in Iceland is Grenjaðarstaður in Aðaldalur.

The turf house is also a museum which shows how people lived around 1900 when they could only rely on themselves, their minds, and the nature around them to survive. The museum is open during the summer. The house belongs to the National Museum‘s Historic Building Collection but the museum is run by the District Culture Centre.

Grenjaðarstaður, 641 Húsavík

+354 465 3688 / 464 1860

www.thjodminjasafn.is

thjodminjasafn@thjodminjasafn.is & safnahus@husmus.is

Snartarstaðir

Just outside the town of Kópasker lies Snartarstaðir, which houses the folk museum of Norður-Þingeyingar.

In the museum you can see a wide variety of cultural and historical objects, with the main emphasis being on handicrafts and the beauty in everyday things. The museum is a good representation of the lives of the people in the area during the latter half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th. The museum is run by the District Culture Centre and is open during the summer.

Opening hours:

Open June 15-Aug 15: Daily 11am-5pm.

Open for groups by appointment.

Admission: ISK 2,000.

Free for children under 16. Seniors and groups (10+): ISK 1,700 per person.

Snartarstöðum, 671 Kópaskeri

+354 465 2171 / 464 1860

safnahus@husmus.is

Opening hours: Jun 15-Jul 30: Tue-Sun 1pm-5pm. Closed Winter.

Seniors and students: ISK 900. Children under 16: Free. Groups 10+: ISK 1.000.

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The oldest stone house in Þingeyjarsýslur, Sauðaneshús, is located 7km north of the town of Þórshöfn.

The house has a museum which exhibits how life was in Langanes in earlier times, as well as how people utilised the prosperous surroundings to survive in a harsh world. The museum is open during the summer. The house belongs to the National Museum‘s Historic Building Collection but the museum is run by the District Culture Centre.

Sauðaneshús

Sauðanes, +354 468 1430 / 464 1860

www.thjodminjasafn.is

thjodminjasafn@thjodminjasafn.is & safnahus@husmus.is

Opening hours: June 15-Aug 15

Daily 11am-5pm, closed on Mondays.

Admission: ISK 1,200.

Children under 16: Free.

Seniors: ISK 900

Groups (10+): ISK 900 per person.

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The East

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Bustarfell Museum

Bustarfell in Vopnafjörður is one of the most beautiful and best kept turf houses in Iceland.

It's a well preserved museum that shows the living circumstances of Icelandic farm in the old days. Guided tours around the museum are available daily during summer.

Next to the turf house is Hjáleigan Café and a small farm animal enclosure.

Bustarfell, 6910 Vopnafirði

+354 855 4511

vopnafjardarhreppur.is/sofn

bustarfell@simnet.is

facebook.com/bustarfell

Opening hours: June-Sept: daily 10am-5pm.

Admission: ISK 1,500.

Seniors and groups (10+): ISK 1,200.

Children 9-13: ISK 500.

Children under nine: Free.

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Skriðuklaustur Centre of Culture & History

Built in 1939, it is one of Iceland’s most historic buildings, bequeathed to the nation by the writer in 1948. The museum is about Gunnar and the monastic times. It features exhibitions, virtual reality and events of various kind concerning local culture and nature. Personal guidance is guaranteed. Lunch and cake buffet

Gunnarsstofnun, Skriðuklaustur, 701 Egilsstaðir +354 471 2990

www.skriduklaustur.is

klaustur@skriduklaustur.is

available every day during the summer at the Klausturkaffi restaurant, with local specialties.

Opening hours:

Apr-May: Daily 11am-5pm.

June-Aug: Daily 10am-6pm.

Sept 1-Oct 15: Daily 11am-5pm.

Oct 15-Mar 31: Contact for opening hours. Admission: Museum: ISK 1,200, free for 16 and under.

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Historical site showcasing the ruins of a 16th century monastery and the home of renowned writer Gunnar Gunnarsson.

The Museums of Fjarðabyggð

Six wonderful museums, Find your favourite one

All museums are open daily from June-August or by appointment at +354 470 9063.

Egilsbraut 2, 740 Neskaupstað

+354 477 1446 / 470 9063

sofn@fjardabyggd.is

Tryggvi Ólafsson Art Collection

The artist Tryggvi Ólafsson is one of Iceland’s best-known contemporary artists. Born in 1940 at Nörðfjorður in Fjarðabyggd, he studied at the

The Icelandic College of Art and Crafts from 1960 to 1961 and at the Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen from 1961 to 1966. The exhibition features his life’s work.

Jósafat Hinriksson’s Maritime Museum

The museum displays interesting objects relating to fishing, iron work, boat building, and Icelandic people of ages past. It displays a replica of Jósafat’s father’s old iron workshop where Jósafat studied and started his career.

The East Iceland Museum of Natural History at Neskaupstaður

A new and interesting museum which displays the best of Icelandic nature. Featured are Icelandic mammals, shellfish, birds, insects, and a stone collection as well as specimens of East Icelandic flora.

Opening hours: June-Aug: Daily 1pm-5pm or by appointment.

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The Museums of Fjarðabyggð

The East Iceland Maritime Museum

The museum mostly exhibits objects and utensils relating to fishing and seafaring in general. It also displays various reminders of local trade, industry, and medicine from times past. The collection is situated in an old commercial building called Gamla búð (Old Store), built in 1816.

Strandgata 39b, Eskifjörður

+354 476 1605 / 470 9063

sofn@fjardabyggd.is

The Icelandic Wartime Museum

Travel back to the days of World War II and the military occupation of Reyðarfjörður in the Icelandic Wartime Museum. The museum gives vivid insight into life during the war and the effects of Allied troop presence in the area. The main focus is on the impact of the occupation on the Icelandic people.

Spítalakamp v/Hæðargerði, 730 Reyðarfjörður

+354 470 9000 / 470 9063

The French Museum

The French Museum traces the history of French sailors in Iceland in an interesting and exciting way. Fáskrúðsfjörður has a strong historical connection to France, hosting the weekend-long French Days festival each year. The museum is situated in the French Hospital in Fáskrúðsfjörður, where the Icelandic Antiquities Preservation Society has rebuilt several period French houses, and restored them to their original state.

Franski spítalinn, Hafnargötu 12, 750 Fáskrúðsfjörður

+354 475 1170 / 470 9063

Opening hours: June-Aug: Daily 1pm-5pm or by appointment.

sofn@fjardabyggd.is

Opening hours: June-Aug: 1pm-5pm or by appointment.

sofn@fjardabyggd.is

Opening hours:

May 15-Sept 31: 10am-6pm or by appointment.

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East Iceland Heritage Museum

the reindeer in East Iceland and one concerning old rural households in the region. The museum also showcases diverse temporary exhibitions through the year.

Reindeer in East Iceland

The East is the only part of Iceland where you will find wild reindeer. They contribute to the unique nature and are strongly connected to the region’s history and culture. The focus of the exhibition is on nature as well as the characteristics of the reindeer and their survival. The exhibition also covers reindeer hunting, and how reindeer products have contributed to a creative development of fashion design and handicraft.

The old rural household as a self-sufficient entity

On display are items that belong to the history of the old rural community in East Iceland as it was until the mid-20th

East Iceland Heritage Museum, Laufskógar 1, 700 Egilsstaðir

+354 471 1412

www.minjasafn.is

minjasafn@minjasafn.is

survival, but also centered on creating beautiful items for decoration and pleasure.

Opening hours:

Jun-Aug: Daily 10am-6pm.

Sept-May: Tue-Fri 11am-4pm.

Admission: ISK 1,500. Students, seniors, and disabled: ISK 1,000.

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The Hornafjörður Cultural Centre

The Hornafjörður Cultural Centre was established in 1990 through a merger of various museums. On the ground floor of the city hall you can see exhibitions in the art museum of Svavar Guðnason, a contemporary art museum dedicated to pioneer of Icelandic abstract art. In Nýheimar you can enter the library and see artworks on display in gallery Muur. At the harbour, in Mikligarður it is possible to get a feeling for the history of the town Höfn as a thriving port and fishing village.

The centre aims to foster the municipality´s vibrant and diverse culture while working to promote the continued development of tourism in the town.

The Hornafjörður Cultural Centre strives to educate visitors on the municipality´s unique heritage and present those distinct qualities through education, promotion and direct action.

Litlabrú 2, Nýheimar, 780 Höfn í Hornafirði +354 470 8050

www.hornafjordur.is/mannlif/menning/ menningarmidstod@hornafjordur.is

Opening Hours:

Jun-Sep: Mon-Fri 9am-3pm, Sat-Sun 1pm-5pm.

Oct-May: Mon-Fri 9am-3pm

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Þórbergssetur

Southeast Iceland was built in memory of the famous Icelandic writer Þórbergur Þórðarson (1888 – 1974), who was born in Hali.

Þórbergur Þórðarson, essayist, parodist, lyric poet, folklorist, autobiographer, storyteller, polemist, was a writer who evaded simple classifications. His eccentric personality permeates his every word and has secured him the enduring love of Icelandic readers. Born in 1889, in the far southeast corner of Iceland, much of his early life was spent in a rather haphazard search for means of livelihood: a fisherman, a day labourer and a starving bohemian in

Hali, 781

+354 867 2900

www.thorbergur.is

(Letter to Laura) was published in 1924 and with this work his future as a writer was determined. He is best remembered for his sense of humour, passion for the constructed language of Esperanto, and his charming works of autobiographical fiction.

In the centre, there is a heritage museum and unique exhibitions of the district and the writer Þórbergur Þorðarson, his life and work.

There's also a cozy restaurant, which offers coffee, homebaked cakes and other specialities such as gourmet Icelandic lamb and traditional lamb meat soup with bread.

Opening hours:

Summer 9am-9pm

Admission: ISK 1.500.

Discounts for groups.

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Katla Visitor Center

of Vík's historic center, housed in the historical building Brydebúð.

As a visitor center for Katla UNESCO Global Geopark, we welcome you to learn about the Geopark’s geology, the infamous volcano Katla and its eruptions and examine textures of local minerals including volcanic ash dating back to 1860.

In Hafnleysa, our maritime museum, you can discover the history of shipwrecks and disasters on South Iceland’s black beaches and get to know the lucky ship Skaftfellingur. Put yourself in the shoes of fishermen fighting the waves of the harbourless south coast and get to know the local artist Sigrún Jónsdóttir.

In the visitor center we can assist you to get the most out of your visit to Vík and the Mýrdalur region. You’ll find local

Víkurbraut 28, Vík

+354 487 1395

info@vik.is

www.kotlusetur.is

Instagram: @Katlacentre

products in our shop and can explore Vík by participating in the Vík Treasure Quest or check out our Culture walk that leads you through town. Maps of the area with all its exciting outdoor opportunities are also available here!

Opening hours:

May 15-Sept 15: Daily 10am-5pm.

See website for winter opening hours.

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Keldur is a historic turf farm which is the largest preserved turf farm in South Iceland.

In addition to the farmhouse and the church, you will find storehouses, a smithy, a millhouse, a cattleshed, a stable, a sheep corral, a secret tunnel, and more. Keldur is well-documented in Icelandic history. One of the characters in Njáls Saga lived here. In the 12-13th century, Keldur was an important manor owned by the powerful Oddi clan. Its chieftain, Jón Loftsson (d. 1197), lived here towards the end of his life.

Keldur, 851 Hella

+354 530 2200 / www.nationalmuseum.is nationalmuseum@nationalmuseum.is

Opnening hours:

June-Aug: Daily 10am-5pm.

Admission: ISK 1.500.

Seniors and students: ISK 800.

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Keldur at Rangárvellir

Skógar Museum is a cultural heritage collection of regional folk craft artefacts and is divided into three parts

The Folk Museum offers a huge variety of artefacts displayed on three floors: fishing, agriculture, textile and natural history, as well as artefacts dating back to the Viking Age. In the Open Air Museum visitors can catch the atmosphere of times long

gone and experience how Icelanders lived through the centuries in farms made from turf and stone. The Technical Museum tells the story of technology and transportation and its development in Iceland in the 19th and 20th century. It also houses a souvenir shop and the Freya Café. Guided tours are available by appointment, for more information see www.skogasafn.is.

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Skógar, 861 Hvolsvöllur

+354 487 8845

booking@skogasafn.is

www.skogasafn.is

Facebook: /SkogarMuseum

Instagram: /SkogarMuseum

Skógar Museum

Opening hours:

Jun-Aug 9am-6pm

Sep-May 10am-5pm

Admission: ISK 2.500

Seniors and students: ISK 1.800

Children 12-17: ISK 1.500

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LAVA Centre

The LAVA volcano and earthquake exhibition is the most awarded exhibition in Iceland, situated at Hvolsvöllur on the South Coast of Iceland surrounded by active volcanoes.

LAVA Centre features a high-tech, inter active, educational exhibition exploring Iceland's volcanology. Get answers to questions like: Why is Iceland so volca nically active? How many volcanoes are there? How dangerous are the volcanoes and earthquakes in Iceland? Is it safe to hike a volcano?

The exhibition is the best place in Iceland to get a better understanding of the newest eruption at Fagradalsfjall. Iceland has not seen an eruption like this for over 7,000 years. New exhibits explain the eruption and new footage of the eruption is showcased in the volcano cinema.

LAVA Centre truly acts as the gateway to Iceland’s most active volcanic area. It is a must-see for anyone wanting to get a better understanding of the incredible forces that have shaped Iceland.

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Austurvegur 14, 860 Hvolsvöllur

+354 415 5200

www.lavacentre.is

LAVA Centre

Opening hours: Daily 9am-5pm.

Admission: ISK 4.390

Cinema only: ISK 1.700

Family pack: ISK 10.975

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SEA LIFE Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary

Explore the visitor centre and immerse yourself in the whales’ epic journey through interactive exhibits. See how the whales were moved from Shanghai, China to the Westman Islands, Iceland and learn about their unique characteristics. In summer months, you can book a guided boat trip to the sea sanctuary in nearby Klettsvik Bay and learn how the team of Sea Life Trust cares for Little White and Little Grey. Your visit supports our mission to provide an alternative solution for captive cetaceans that is more like their wild habitat.

The visitor centre is also home to Iceland’s only puffin rescue centre and local species aquarium. You can get close to resident puffins, learn their stories, and observe daily feeding sessions. Hear about the local “puffling patrol” rescue programme and Iceland’s largest puffin colony, located just minutes from the facility in

Ægisgata 2, Vestmanneyjar

+354 540-2700 / 699 0665

https://belugasanctuary.sealifetrust.org/en/ belugas@sealifetrust.com

the Westman Islands. Explore the local aquarium, with specially designed habitats that get you up close to local species like wolf fish, lumpsuckers, and Atlantic cod, and take a peek into the behind-thescenes area to see how the dedicated team cares for these amazing animals.

Opening hours: See website.

Admission: ISK 2.375

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Visit the World’s First Beluga Whale Sanctuary. belugasanctuary.sealifetrust.org

Eldheimar Museum

The exhibition focuses on the 1973 volcanic eruption in the Westman Islands, without a doubt one of Iceland's biggest natural disasters.

Visitors get a glimpse into people's lives on Heimaey before the eruption that would change their lives forever. The people of Heimaey had to leave their homes in the middle of the night and evacuate the island, many of them never saw their homes or any of their belongings ever again.

The show also covers the Surtsey eruption, the island that emerged from the ocean south of Heimaey in 1963. The Surtsey eruption lasted for almost four years and

Suðurvegur/Gerðisbraut 10, 900 Vestmannaeyjar

+354 488 2700

www.eldheimar.is

eldheimar@vestmannaeyjar.is

ever since only scientists have been allowed on the island in order to monitor how new ecosystems come to life.

Opening hours:

Summer: 11am-5pm

Winter: See website.

Admission: ISK 2,900.

Seniors: ISK 2,500.

Children 10-18: ISK 1,500.

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The Sagnheimar Heritage Museum gives good insight into the unique story of the Westman Islands; the fishing history, the Turkish Raid, the volcanic eruption of Heimaey, the Þjóðhátíð festival, the local sports history, the travels of Icelandic Mormons to Utah and many more.

There is also a pirate cave for the children.

Sagnheimar Heritage Museum

+354 488 2050

sagnheimar@sagnheimar.is

www. sagnheimar.is

Opening hours: May-Sept: Daily 10am-5pm.

Oct-April: Sat 1pm-4pm.

Admission: ISK 1,000. Free for children under 18. Groups (10+): ISK 750.

Library

+354 488 2040

kari@vestmannaeyjar.is wwwvestmannaeyjar.is/safnahus.

Opening hours:

May-Sept: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

Oct-April: Mon-Fri 10 am-6pm. Free internet at the Library.

Sagnheimar Heritage Museum Skansinn

Skansinn, the Fort, was originally built in 1536 to protect the Danish Royal store from English sailors and merchants.

In 1630, after the Turkish Raid in 1627, it was rebuilt to protect the inhabitants against further invasions. Skansinn is now one of the most spectacular views of the Westman Islands.

It also houses Landlyst (Landlyst Museum), one of the oldest buildings in the Westman Islands, built in 1847 as the first maternity home in Iceland.

In Skansinn there is also the beautiful Stafkirkja (The Stave Church) that is a

Opening hours: May-Sept: Daily 10am-5pm.

replica of the first church building in the Westman Islands from the year 1000.

In 2000 Norway gave the Westman Islands the church to commemorate the thousand year anniversary of Iceland's conversion to Christianity.

Admission: Free.

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The Bobby Fischer Centre

Austurvegur 21, 800 Selfoss

+354 894 1275

fischersetur@gmail.com

www.fischersetur.is

The Bobby Fischer Centre showcases items connected to the great chess genius Bobby Fischer.

He became World Chess Champion in Reykjavík in 1972 when he beat Soviet champion Boris Spassky in “The Game of the Century.” In his later years, he settled in Iceland, and his grave is at Laugardælir, about 2km (1.2mi) away from the centre.

The centre is also a club house for local chess clubs and offers lectures about chess and chess-related matters.

Opening hours:

June-Aug: Daily 1pm-5pm.

Sept-May: Open by appointment.

Admission: ISK 1,400.

Free for children 14 and under.

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Heritage Museum of Árnessýsla / The House at Eyrarbakki

Árnessýsla Heritage Museum offers a glimpse into the past lives of Eyrarbakki’s villagers.

It is located in Húsið (the House), a historical home of Danish merchants, built in 1765. Húsið is one of the oldest houses in Iceland and a beautiful monument of Eyrarbakki’s time as the biggest trading place on the south coast. Today, visitors can enjoy exhibitions on local culture and history. A famous piano, a shawl made out of human hair, and the king’s pot are among the items that can be discovered at Húsið. Húsið prides itself on its warm and homey atmosphere. Near Húsið is Kirkjubær, a small traditional house of common people from the early 20th century. The Maritime Museum is close by, where the beautiful ship Farsæll is found.

The House at Eyrarbakki & Maritime Museum, 820 Eyrarbakki

+354 483 1504 / 483 1082

www.byggdasafn.is info@byggdasafn.is

Opening hours:

May-Sept: Daily 10am-5pm.

Oct-April: By appointment.

Admission: ISK 1,500.

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LÁ Art Museum

LÁ Art Museum is an art museum that preserves a small collection of modern and contemporary art.

Every year the museum puts up a variety of exhibitions. In connection with the exhibitions there are educational program on offer such as workshops, guided tours and artist talks. The bright seating area offers visitors the chance to relax in a peaceful setting. The Museum also houses a small cafe and the children’s corner

Austurmörk 21, 810 Hveragerði

+354 483 1727

listasafnarnesinga.is

listasafn@listasafnarnesinga.is

Facebook: /listasafnarnesinga

gives the museum’s younger visitors a chance to enjoy themselves.

Opening hours:

May 1-Sept 5: Daily 12pm-5pm.

Sept 11-Apr 31: Daily 12pm-5pm.

Closed on Mondays.

Admission: Free.

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Geothermal Park Hveragerði

At the Geothermal Park, visitors can stroll through the area, witnessing the old hot springs and fumaroles while getting acquainted with the history and geology of this unique area.

It is possible to taste the rye bread baked in the hot springs and also boil an egg in the hot springs. Visitors can also enjoy a clay foot bath, which is said to have therapeutic effects. The geyser erupts regularly, and visitors should also visit the onsite greenhouse where bananas, tomatoes, grapes, and various plants are grown all year round.

Hveramörk 13, Hveragerði

+354 483 5062 / 483 4601

tourinfo@hveragerdi.is

Facebook: Geothermal Park / Hveragarðurinn, Hveragerði

Instagram: @geothermalpark_hveragerdi

Opening hours:

Summer: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-4pm

Winter: See our Facebook page.

Admission: ISK 400.

Children under 12: Free.

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Geothermal Exhibition

The Geothermal Exhibition is situated inside of ON Power’s Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant, the largest geothermal plant in Iceland. This interactive and educational exhibition invites visitors to learn about geothermal production and distribution, scientific research and innovation, renewable energy, and Icelandic geology, nature, and history. Feel the power of mother nature as you look into the plant’s turbine halls or out over the pipe systems, separation tanks, and cooling towers from the observation platforms. The exhibition is home to both ON Power and Carbfix, which works with CO2 sequestration.

A self-guided audio tour is available with every entry ticket. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is on hand to answer any questions you might have. You can also charge your car, grab a coffee from our café, and enjoy the beautiful hiking trails in the area!

Hellisheiðarvirkjun, 816 Ölfus

+354 591 2880

www.on.is/en/geothermal-exhibition/ exhibition@on.is

Instagram: @geothermalexhibition

Opening hours:

Apr-Oct: 9am-5pm daily.

Nov-Mar: 9am-4pm daily.

Admission: 2.190 ISK. Seniors and children

13-18: ISK 1.050. Children under 13: Free. Book online for a discount.

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The Geothermal Exhibition at the Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant
107 NÝLENDUGATA 14 (by the old harbour) , 101 REYKJAVÍK TABLE RESERVATIONS: +354 517 1800 - WWW.FORRETTABARINN.IS — ICELANDIC RESTAURANT & BAR — Certificate of Excellence ———— 2017 ————

Articles inside

Geothermal Exhibition

1min
pages 106-107

Geothermal Park Hveragerði

1min
page 105

LÁ Art Museum

1min
page 104

The Bobby Fischer Centre

1min
pages 102-103

Sagnheimar Heritage Museum Skansinn

1min
page 101

Eldheimar Museum

1min
pages 100-101

SEA LIFE Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary

1min
pages 98-99

LAVA Centre

1min
pages 96-97

Katla Visitor Center

1min
pages 92-95

Þórbergssetur

1min
page 88

The Hornafjörður Cultural Centre

1min
page 87

East Iceland Heritage Museum

1min
page 86

The Museums of Fjarðabyggð

1min
page 85

The Museums of Fjarðabyggð

1min
page 84

Skriðuklaustur Centre of Culture & History

1min
page 83

Húsavík Whale Museum

2min
pages 76-79

The Culture House / Safnahúsið

1min
pages 74-75

Laufás Heritage Site

1min
page 74

Davíð's House

1min
page 73

The Icelandic Aviation Museum

1min
page 72

The Old Town in Akureyri

1min
pages 70-71

1238 - The Battle of Iceland

1min
pages 68-69

The Skagafjörður Heritage Museum

1min
page 67

Reykir Folk Museum

1min
page 66

The Sheep Farming Museum

1min
page 63

The Snjáfjallasetur Heritage Centre

1min
pages 61-62

Ósvör Maritime Museum

1min
page 61

The Jón Sigurðsson Museum

1min
page 60

The Icelandic Sea Monster Museum and Coffee Shop

1min
pages 58-59

Akranes Folk Museum

1min
pages 50-51

Icelandic Museum of Rock & Roll

1min
page 47

Suðurnes Science and Learning Centre

1min
page 44

Gljúfrasteinn – Laxness Museum

1min
page 41

Mosfellsbær Art Gallery / Mosfellsbær Library

1min
page 40

Hafnarfjörður Museum

1min
pages 38-39

Culture Hill in Kópavogur

1min
pages 36-37

Reykjavík Family Park and Zoo

1min
pages 32-33

The Nordic House

1min
pages 28-29

FlyOver Iceland

1min
page 26

The Einar Jónsson Sculpture Museum

1min
pages 20-21

The Icelandic Phallological Museum

1min
page 18

Reykjavík City Museum

1min
page 17

Reykjavík City Museum

1min
pages 16-17

Reykjavík Art Museum

1min
pages 14-15

The National Museum of Iceland

1min
page 10

GUIDE MUSEUM THE ICELAND

1min
pages 2-5
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