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Museums: Iceland has all kinds of museums. Most of them are pretty standard but others are
dedicated to more abstract things, such as ghosts and other curious phenomena.

 

Eiríksstaðir - Living Museum
A unique historical place, where you can step back to the Viking Era and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and scents of Eriks the Red's farm which is also the birthplace of Leif the Lucky who is said to have discovered America. Modern day vikings demonstrate the lifestyle of the 10th century, sharing their crafts and knowledge.Opening hoursWeek days:Saturdays:Sundays:May 1st - September 30th:10:00-16:0010:00-16:0010:00-16:00Also open on request for groups.
Bjarnarhöfn
At Bjarnarhöfn Shark-museum visitors get to experience a unique Icelandic culture. This family owned museum offers you a peak into their history. This family has been involved with sharks for the past four centuries with the only change being they don ‘t fish for sharks anymore, now it‘s only bycatch. At the museum everyone gets a guided tour that explains the six months processing of the shark meet, the sharks biology, the history behind it all and more. Visitors have the opportunity to try the fermented shark and have first hand experience of this traditional Icelandic delicacy. Visitors also have the opportunity to visit the drying house where the shark meat it being processed.
The Agricultural Museum of Iceland
The Agricultural Museum of Iceland presents the agricultural heritage and seeks to explain the history of Icelandic agriculture. The museum has an extensive collection of farm artifacts. For example, the first horse-driven equipments and the first tractors imported to Iceland, as well as the more modern artifacts of current times. The museum has Iceland´s largest collection of farm machinery which goes back to 1880. Open daily 15th May - 15th September from 11-17. During wintertime opening hours are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 13-17 and upon request.
Pakkhús Museum
The Pakkhús in Olafsvik is an old trading store, built in 1844. It is a national monument and the Regional Museum of Snæfellsbær town is located on the second and third floors of the building. A shop selling wool products, local handcraft and Icelandic design is located on the ground floor.  Open weekdays from 11:00 to 17:00 and weekends 11:00-16:00.
Akranes Photografical Museum
Ólafsdalur í Gilsfirði
Ólafsdalur by Gilsfjörður, history of 1000 years Ólafsdalur is a small valley, surrounded by high mountains, where the first agricultural school in Iceland was established in 1880. The beautiful school-building is from 1896. Remains of many other buildings and man made remains from 1880-1900. Recently found remains of a Viking longhouse fom 9-10th century! Ólafsdalur family festival will be held August 15th.
The Volcano Museum
The museum includes works of art, old and new, showing volcanic eruptions, as well as objects, artifacts, volcanic rocks from the unique collection of proffessor Haraldur Sigurðsson who has carried out research on volcanoes world wide for forty years. The volcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson is born in Stykkishólmur in 1939. When he worked on exdploration drilling as a student he gained an interest in geology. He completed a BSc degree at Queens University in Belfast in 1965, and PhD degree from Durham University in England in 1970. He worked at the University of the West Indies from 1970, conducting research on Caribbean volcanoes. He was appointed professor at the Graduate School of Oceanography in the University of Rhode Island in 1974. His research has been principally in volcanology, both on land and on the ocean floor. He has worked in Indonesia, Italy, West Indies, USA, West Africa, Greece, South and Central America and elsewhere, as well as on the ocean floor in many regions of earth. In addition to volcano research he has conducted studies on the impact of large meteorites and comets on the earth. His research has been funded by grants from the US National Science Foundation, NASA, National Geographic Society, and NOAA. Haraldur has published over 160 articles in scientific journals. He has also published two books on volcanology for the general reader: Encyclopedia of Volcanoes (Academic Press) and Melting the Earth (Oxford University Press). Haraldur has received a number of awards, from the Geological Society of America, Iceland Science Society, University of Utrecht, London Geological Society and Order of the Falcon from the President of Iceland. Haraldur has collected information on the evolution of science with respect to volcano research for many years. A result of that was his book Melting the Earth. He then formed an interest in volcano art, the representation of volcanic eruptions in art. An outcome of that is the collection that is exhibited here in the Volcano Museum. Opening Hours Mon: Tue: Wed: Thu: Fri: Sat: Sun: Summer (17th May-31st August): 10-17 10-17  10-17 10-17 10-17 10-17 10-17 Fall:   13-16 13-16 13-16 13-16 13-16   Admission 2019:  Adults ISK 1.000,- Students, senior citizens and groups ISK 900,- 15-18 years old ISK 500,- Free for under 15   Stykkishólmur Museum Pass - all museums (Volcano Museum, Water Library and Norwegian House): Adults ISK 2.650,- Students, senior citizens and groups ISK 2.000,-
Akranes Folk Museum
Akranes Folk Museum offers a unique insight into past times in Akranes and surrounding area. The museum's exhibition is in several houses, some of which were moved from other parts of town. The permanent exhibition reflects living conditions and life at sea, in rural areas, at work and in play. In the museum there is also a micro-cinema and a space for temporary exhibitions. A visit to Akranes Folk Museum offers something for all senses.   Opening hours Week days: Saturdays: Sundays: June 2nd - September 15th: 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 other times upon request
Norwegian House - Regional Muesum
Norwegian house: The regional museum  of Snæfellsnes The Norwegian house, built in 1832, was the first wood-frame residence with two full-sized storeys in Iceland. The wood was imported from Norway hence the name. It was the home of Árni Ó. Thorlacius (1802–1891) and Anna M. Steenback (1807–1894) and has been renovated partially back to its original style. The Norwegian house serves as the regional museum for the Snæfellsnes area with an open storage on the top floor and 
rotating exhibitions on the lower level as well as a museum shop with handicraft, sweets and products from the area.   Opening hours: Mon.: Tue.:   Wed.: Thurs.: Fri.:  Sat.: Sun.:    Summer (17/5-31/8) 10-17   10-17   10-17  10-17   10-17   10-17   10-17   Fall 11-16 11-16 11-16 11-16 11-16 10-13     Admission 2019:  Adults ISK 1.300,- Students, senior citizens and groups ISK 850,- Free for under 18   Stykkishólmur Museum Pass - all museums (Norwegian House, Water Library and Volcano Museum): Adults ISK 2.650,- Students, senior citizens and groups ISK 2.000,- Tickets for the Library of Water are sold at the Volcano Museum and the Norwegian House.
Library of Water
Vatnasafn / Library of water is a long-term project conceived by Roni Horn for a former library in the coastal town of Stykkishólmur in Iceland. The building stands on a promontory overlooking the ocean and the town, and houses an exhibition which reflect Roni Horn’s intimate involvement with the singular geography, geology, climate and culture of Iceland... Water, Selected is a constellation of 24 glass columns containing water collected from ice from some of the major glaciers around Iceland. The glass columns refract and reflect the light onto a rubber floor embedded with a field of words in Icelandic and English which relate to the weather – inside or outside. The sculpture installation offers a space for private reflection whilst accommodating a wide variety of community uses. In a small side room, visitors can look at Roni Horn’s ongoing series of books made in Iceland, To Place and listen to a selection of people talking about the weather. Through 2005 and 2006, at the instigation of Horn, writer Oddny Eir Ævarsdóttir, her brother archaeologist Uggi Ævarsson and their father, radio broadcaster Ævar Kjartansson interviewed around a hundred individuals from Stykkishólmur and the surrounding area about the weather. Weather Reports You presents these spoken testimonies as a collective self-portrait of a country where the weather is strongly present in everyday life. The lower floor of Vatnasafn / Library of Water is a private writers’ studio where each year writers are invited to spend a number of months living and working. The residencies alternate between Iceland-based and overseas writers, and have so far included Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir, Rebecca Solnit, Anne Carson, Oskar Arni Oskarsson and Oddny Eir Ævarsdóttir. Commissioned and produced in 2007 by Artangel with The Town of Stykkishólmur, The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, The Ministry of Communications and the Icelandic Parliament. Opening hours: Mon: Tue: Wed: Thurs:  Fri: Sat: Sun: Summer (May 17th-August 31st): 10-17 10-17   10-17 10-17 10-17 10-17 10-17 Fall: 11-16 11-16 11-16 11-16 11-16 10-16   Tickets for the Library of Water are sold at the Volcano Museum and the Norwegian House Admission 2019: Adults ISK 700,- Students, senior citizens and groups ISK 600,- Free for under 18 Stykkishólmur Museum Pass - all museums: Adults ISK 2.650,- Students, senior citizens and groups ISK 2.000,-
Soffia´s Toy Museum
Soffia´s Toy Museum consists of Óskar Elínar Jóhannesdóttur toy collection and the toy collection formerly found at Iðnó, in addition to toys donated by patriots. The museum is open to everyone who enjoys old toys but we ask guests not to touch the pieces found in the museum. Donations to further the museum are greatly appreciated.
War and Peace Museum
The unique and remarkable history of the occupation period in Iceland 1940-45 unfolds at the War and Peace Museum. Our exhibition tells the story of how a peaceful countryside was transformed, in the context of world events and its importance to the victory of the Allies in World War 2. Here you can explore our high-quality collection of artifacts and feel the memories from this fateful time of upheaval. During your stop you can relax in our cozy café "The White Falcon", which serves light meals and Icelandic delicacies and check out our collection of souvenirs in the gift shop. Open 1st June - 26th August: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 13:00 to 17:00, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Large camping ground for tents and campers. Electric outlets are available and the camping ground has two large charcoal grills, a playground for the children and good restroom facilities. Showers are available and dishwashing facilities as well. The area also offers a dumping station for portable toilets. The camping site is open from June 1st - August 26th.
Grundarfjörður Information Center
The Tourist Information Center in Grundarfjörður helps you with information regarding Grundarfjörður, the Snæfellsnes peninsula and other inquiries. The building also accommodates the public library and several interesting exhibits about the town in former times. All exhibitions are free of charge. Bæringsstofa is a small theater that has regular slide show viewings of a photographic collection of life in Grundarfjörður through the ages. The photos are from Bæring Cecilsson (1923 – 2002), an Icelandic photographer and honorary citizen of Grundarfjörður. Þórðarbúð is a replica of an old shop from the fifties. The shop was a convenience store run by Þórður Pálsson. The display depicts the shop at Christmas time when it turned into a lovely toy store. There is also an old fishing boat on display. The boat Brana was built in 1913. It is a six-oar rowboat, typical for the Breiðafjörður area, made of oak and pine wood. The boat is surrounded by fishing gear and other utensils for farming. Available in the Saga Centre is also one of two cannons that were unearthed from the beach at Kirkjufell. They are from a French whaling boat that stranded there in 1720. Next to the exhibition is also a children’s play area with some “natural toys” such as seashells, horns and leg bones. These items were used as children’s toys in the past. Opening hours: Summer: June 1 - August 31, on weekdays from 13:00-17:00Winter: September 1 - May 31.Please see updates at https://www.facebook.com/UpplysingamidstodGrundarfjardar/ During wintertime the info can be reached by telephone Monday-Thursday from 13-17.  
Borgarnes Museum
Among other things in the museum, there are two great exhibitions. One is Children Throughout a Century, which is a narrative of Iceland´s history in the 20th century; photographs play a major role. The other exhibition is called Oh to be a bird! and shows the birds of Iceland in very special surroundings, a sight to see. Opening hours Everyday May, June, July & August 13:00-17:00 Other periods open on weekdays 13:00-16:00 and upon request.
The Settlement Center
The Settlement Centre is located in the village of Borgarnes just one hours drive from Reykjavik on road no 1 towards the north. Exhibitions In two exhibitons The Settlement Centre tells the Saga of The Settlement of Iceland and Iceland´s most famous viking and first poet Egill Skallagrimsson. It gives the traveler a good foundation for further knowledge when traveling in Iceland. Audio guides in 145 languages: English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Dutch and Icelandic. A complete circuit of each exhibition takes about 30 minutes. Settlement Exhibition This exhibition provides an insight into the settlement of Iceland. It tells how the land was discovered, how the Viking sailors conquered the open ocean and why they left their homelands in Norway. It tells of the first men to set foot on the island and how the land was settled up to the establishment of the first parliament in the world, the Althing, at Thingvellir in 930AD. Multi-media and theatrical techniques are employed to help the visitor experience first hand the trepidation and exitement of setting off over the open ocean for lands unknown. Egil´s Saga Exhibition This exhibition profiles one of the most colourful of all the saga heroes, Egil, the son of Skalla-Grím Kveldúlfsson. One of the very first settlers, Egil’s father arrived from Norway just 10 years after the first land had been claimed. The Saga of this family’s pioneering and settlement of the Borgarfjörd region provides a brilliant insight in the tumultuous years of settlement. Egil himself is a larger than life hero, an intriguing combination of violent Viking and sensitive poet. The saga is a complex and vibrant intertwining of battles and love affairs, sorcery and pagan lore. Restaurant & Café The restaurant & café offers a selection of soups & starters, vegetarian courses, fish and meat dishes, children's menu, deserts and cakes. Hot beverages, wines and beer. Shop The gift shop, Hladhond, offers selection of souvenirs, crafts and design. Opening hours   All year round 10:00-21:00 Also open on request for groups.  
Snorrastofa Reykholt
Reykholt is one of Iceland's most renowned historical sites where some of the finest works of Old Icelandic literature were written. Snorrastofa, a cultural - and medieval centre, founded in memory of Snorri Sturluson,and situated in his ancient homestead at Reykholt. Snorrastofa manages various research projects and provides reception and information for travelers, historical exhibitions, guided tours and lectures. Books on history and culture, Icelandic handicraft and souvenirs are available in the shop. Guest accommodation for scholars and facilities for conferences and gatherings Concerts in the church of Reykholt.  Opening hours Weekdays: Saturdays: Sundays: May 1st - August 31st: 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 1st September - April 30th: 10:00-17:00 Closed Closed Open on request during winter weekends.
The Maritime Museum in the Fishermen´s Park
Exhibition on fisheries and nature by the Glacier -  coffee and cakes  In the Fishermen’s Garden you will find a collection of items reminding one of the local community’s connection to the ocean and how its inhabitants dealt with a life that revolved around fishing in days gone by. Here you can also see the sculpture Jöklarar (The Glacier People) by the artist Ragnar Kjartansson, which was unveiled in 1974. Visit us on Facebook here. Four exhibitions will be on display in the summer og 2020: The Nature by the Ocean Fishing under the Glacier Our Story (photo exibition) Settlers in the West, an exhibition in the museum garden  Admission 2020: kr. 1.300,- per person (adults), free of charge for children 0-16 years. Opening hours: The museum is open 10:00-17:00 every day from June 1 to September 30.Also open upon request for groups. Coffee and light refreshments available.

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