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Museums | The Diamond Circle


The Húsavík Whale Museum is one of the very few museums in the whole world fully dedicated to whales. Tons of information on the animals that happily populate the bay, on their biology and on their environment are with no doubts good reasons to spend some time inside. Moreover full-size real whale skeletons are displayed. Yes, you read well, the whale skeletons are real and full-sized. Among these, a Humpback Whale, a Killer Whale, two Minke Whales, a Narwhal and a huge Sperm Whale.

The Whale Museum was started in 1997 by Ásbjörn Björgvinsson. The museum has been being among the most active institutions in cetacean protection and environmental conservation ever since.

Picture by Alessandro Casagrande

The new entry in Húsavík is the Exploration Museum, where there is the chance to meet vikings, polar explorers and astronauts at the same time. You’ve never thought they could get along, have you? Well, they can, and dozens of interesting artifacts and extraordinary stories will be waiting for you in a unique exhibition, in which the star – not really a star actually – is the Moon Rock brought to Earth by Apollo 17.

The Exploration Museum was established in 2014 by the space enthusiast Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson after a first idea of having a museum solely dedicated to the Moon. The exhibit was extended in 2015.

Picture by Örlygur Hnefill

The oldest museum in Húsavík is the Culture House. In its rooms the local culture is showed from every possible angle. Characteristic items and every day life stories are scattered all around the place. It is so ample that you might simply take your sleeping bag inside with you and spend a few days in the museum. But watch out for the polar bear!

The Culture House was opened in 1980 and since 2002 it houses two permanent exhibitions: the Maritime Exhibition and the Man and Nature Exhibition.


 Fjúk Arts Centre is placed in Húsavík and includes a museum section, a gallery area and a shop. But Fjúk is much more than that: many events going on, studios for local creatives, temporary exhibitions by artists in residence, a film club and a tech lab.

Fjúk Arts Centre was founded in 2014 with the purpose of challenging set ways of seeing and thinking, as a wind that stirs up settled snow.


The Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum is located just beside lake Mývatn, on its western shores. This is a great location where to spot rare waterbirds and the museum perfectly matches the bird-watching opportunities, providing valuable information about the animals and displaying the largest bird collection of Iceland in a building inspired by the traditional Icelandic turf houses.

The Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum was opened in 2008, in honor to the collector of the eggs, specimens and all the rest, Sigurgeir Stefansson, after his death.


Grenjaðarstaður is a traditional turf house farm that houses a well-curated display. This picturesque Folk Museum gives the chance to steep in Iceland’s rural past in the area of one of Iceland’s first settlements, over a thousand years ago. The current building, anyway, dates back to the mid 19th century.

Grenjaðarstaður was opened in 1958 and operates during the summer, but during the winter welcomes visitors under request.


Mánárbakki Folk Museum is located in the northernmost part of Tjörnes peninsula, in a series of traditional turf houses, previously placed in Húsavík, and in a more modern yellow building. The focus of the exhibit is more on the 20th century than other museums of this type, old and funny household items are displayed.

Mánárbakki Folk Museum was opened in 1995 and operates during the summer, but during the winter welcomes visitors under request. Funnily the museum happens to be the site of a Northern Lights Research Centre as well.


The Ystafell Transportation Museum is an absolutely peculiar collection of vehicles including milk delivery trucks, snowmobile buses, farm trucks and several kind of cars. Along with the vehicles are photographs and information about Iceland transportation history.

The Ystafell Transportation Museum was established in 1998 by the mechanic Sverrir Ingólfsson and by his love for cars and hatred for waste. The museum is mostly a collection of spare parts and cars, indeed.



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