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Safnahúsið Húsavík Museum

Life-saver at the maritime museum in Húsavík © Safnahúsið
Life-saver at the maritime museum in Húsavík © Safnahúsið

Everyday ephemera jutted up next to squiffy-looking stuffed rodents, this is a great place to delve deeper into Iceland´s history and learn how-on-earth people survived in such challenging conditions all those years ago. One of the most prized possessions here is a stuffed Polar Bear which floated to Iceland on an iceberg in 1969.

One of the most interesting pieces of architecture in Húsavík, the museum building was built in the ’60s to house a range of smaller collections within the region. The largest are the anthropological and maritime sections, but there is also a photographic collection and district archive. As well as this, on the first floor is a gallery and in the basement you can find the local library. Apparently, if you ask, there’s even a secret beer label collection somewhere. As if this isn’t enough, they also tend to several of the Northeast’s turf house museums – in Grenjaðarstaður and Snartarstaðir.

Entrance Húsavík Museum © Húsavíkurstofa

Safnahúsið Húsavík Museum
Stórigarður 17
640 Húsavík
GPS: 66°02’50.2″N 17°20’13.9″W
Tel: +354 464 1860 
E-mail: safnahus (at)
Opening hours: click here
Free Wifi