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Leifsbúð Culture house

Leifsbúð (Leif's Dwelling) is an old building which has been renovated and now plays the role of Cultural Centre for the region. Here is to be found an exhibition dedicated to the voyages of discovery made by Erik the Red and his son Leif the Lucky. There is a model of the Vínlandrefill tapestry which tells the story of Leif in Vínland.

Leifsbúð Café offers freshly ground coffee menu, light snacks, home baked cakes and waffles. Leifsbúð Restaurant offers lunch and dinner menu as well as wide variety of beverages such as beer, wine and soft drinks.

Open daily from 12:00 to 22:00. Closed on Tuesdays.

Leifsbúð Culture house

Leifsbúð

GPS Points N65° 6' 38.517" W21° 46' 18.010"
Opening period 15/04 - 30/09
Service Hairdresser Picnik area Accessible for the phisically impared Conference facilities Smoking not allowed Wheel chair accessible Place of interest Place of interest Walking path Pharmacy View point with information dial Viewing point Seal colony Coffe shop Restaurant Camping ground Tourist information center Swimming pool Internet access Grocery store Post office Handy craft for sale Bank Credit cards accepted Bar Musical performances Play ground

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