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Another 4 Museums to Visit in Iceland

April 13, 2018

Reykjavík

Another 4 Museums to Visit in Iceland

April 13, 2018

If a whole nation could be considered a hoarder, Icelanders would probably fit the bill. But maybe we are just economical. Many of our old manuscripts were used as bedding, insulation or in some very dire cases, eaten. However, for such a small nation, we have a lot of stuff to showcase, and boy, do we have many museums! We have already told you about six museums to visit in Iceland and since there are so many we decided to make another list, now for four museums to visit!

Skálholtssafn or the Museum of Skálholt
Near the small village Flúðir in South Iceland is Skálholt. It was established in 1056 as the main place of residence for the bishop.

For centuries, Skálholt was the place where most people in Iceland got their education. Books were written and translated there, and it was a place where Iceland‘s most precious books and scripts were kept.

The current church was opened in 1963, but it is the tenth church to stand in the area. The first was built shortly after the year 1000 when Icelanders became Christian. There are quite a few interesting and historical pieces to be seen at the church. It is also a great place to see a concert for the acoustics are spectacular.

Smámunasafnið or Sverrir Hermannson‘s Sundry Collection
This museum does not contain priceless objects of art or historical importance in the strictest sense. It is filled with mundane things like doorknobs, hammers, used nails, pins and many, many other things. This museum is filled with everyday objects and lots of them. It is a collection of small collections, as you and I would collect at home. Situated on the other side of Akureyri in North Iceland, if you ever see yourself that way, this museum is a must visit.

Marshall Musem
In Grandi, Reykjavík, next to a fish processing plant stands the Marshall house. The house, built in part with money gotten in the Marshall Plan, was originally another fish processing plant. Through the years it housed many industries, and before being renovated was used as storing facilities for the next door fish processing plant. Today it houses three modern art museums; The Living Art Museum, Kling & Bang and Studio Ólafur Elíasson. Additionally, you can find the Marshall Restaurant there.

A once characterless storage area has now been renovated into this amazing building that is worth the visit.

Gljúfrasteinn
Icelanders sometimes joke that we have 1,5 Nobel prize winners. Icelanders sometimes want to claim Niels Ryberg Finsen, a physician and scientist from the Faroe Islands and the winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology in 1903, as their own. His parents were Icelandic after all. But that is mostly done in jest. However, we do have our very own Nobel Prize winner. Halldór Laxness won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1955. It is possible to visit his home, Gljúfrasteinn, in Mosfellsdalur.

Hernámssetrið or the War and Peace Museum
This small museum is in Hvalfjörður. It tells the story of army occupation in the Second World War and how it changed a small peaceful community and dragged it into the modern world. Hvalfjörður is one of the few places in Iceland where army barracks still stand, but the occupation of both the British and American armies changed much in Iceland. In the 1940s, Icelanders were about 120 thousand in total, and at most there were 45 thousand military men here. The museum has a small coffee house, and there is a camping ground outside.

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Reykjavík

Another 4 Museums to Visit in Iceland

April 13, 2018

Reykjavík

Another 4 Museums to Visit in Iceland

April 13, 2018

If a whole nation could be considered a hoarder, Icelanders would probably fit the bill. But maybe we are just economical. Many of our old manuscripts were used as bedding, insulation or in some very dire cases, eaten. However, for such a small nation, we have a lot of stuff to showcase, and boy, do we have many museums! We have already told you about six museums to visit in Iceland and since there are so many we decided to make another list, now for four museums to visit!

Skálholtssafn or the Museum of Skálholt
Near the small village Flúðir in South Iceland is Skálholt. It was established in 1056 as the main place of residence for the bishop.

For centuries, Skálholt was the place where most people in Iceland got their education. Books were written and translated there, and it was a place where Iceland‘s most precious books and scripts were kept.

The current church was opened in 1963, but it is the tenth church to stand in the area. The first was built shortly after the year 1000 when Icelanders became Christian. There are quite a few interesting and historical pieces to be seen at the church. It is also a great place to see a concert for the acoustics are spectacular.

Smámunasafnið or Sverrir Hermannson‘s Sundry Collection
This museum does not contain priceless objects of art or historical importance in the strictest sense. It is filled with mundane things like doorknobs, hammers, used nails, pins and many, many other things. This museum is filled with everyday objects and lots of them. It is a collection of small collections, as you and I would collect at home. Situated on the other side of Akureyri in North Iceland, if you ever see yourself that way, this museum is a must visit.

Marshall Musem
In Grandi, Reykjavík, next to a fish processing plant stands the Marshall house. The house, built in part with money gotten in the Marshall Plan, was originally another fish processing plant. Through the years it housed many industries, and before being renovated was used as storing facilities for the next door fish processing plant. Today it houses three modern art museums; The Living Art Museum, Kling & Bang and Studio Ólafur Elíasson. Additionally, you can find the Marshall Restaurant there.

A once characterless storage area has now been renovated into this amazing building that is worth the visit.

Gljúfrasteinn
Icelanders sometimes joke that we have 1,5 Nobel prize winners. Icelanders sometimes want to claim Niels Ryberg Finsen, a physician and scientist from the Faroe Islands and the winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology in 1903, as their own. His parents were Icelandic after all. But that is mostly done in jest. However, we do have our very own Nobel Prize winner. Halldór Laxness won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1955. It is possible to visit his home, Gljúfrasteinn, in Mosfellsdalur.

Hernámssetrið or the War and Peace Museum
This small museum is in Hvalfjörður. It tells the story of army occupation in the Second World War and how it changed a small peaceful community and dragged it into the modern world. Hvalfjörður is one of the few places in Iceland where army barracks still stand, but the occupation of both the British and American armies changed much in Iceland. In the 1940s, Icelanders were about 120 thousand in total, and at most there were 45 thousand military men here. The museum has a small coffee house, and there is a camping ground outside.

The RE blog

Húsavík
Hrekkjavaka
Into the Glacier
Fjaðrárgljúfur
Hestur
Þór
Loki
valholl
Reykjavík
kirkjufell-12x7
Fastelavnsbolle 3 -ubt-
iStock-825267104
Golden-Circle-and-Fontana-Steam-bath

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As probably everyone knows, there are quite a few beautiful places to see in Iceland. However, it can be hard to find a place to start. If you want to look at something different to the Golden Circle, which we totally recommend and say everyone should visit, we have made a short list of beautiful places to see in Iceland.

Read more