9 weirdest museums you can visit in Iceland
There are so many interesting things to see in Iceland, from the blue lagoon to several towering waterfalls. But for those who want something different, the country also has a huge list of quirky museums to visit. Many of these museums are unique to this country and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. For travelers to this Nordic country, make time to visit and explore these quirky museums.
9 The Ghost Centre, Stokkseyri
Icelanders believe so much in ghosts, that’s why a ghost museum has been created to reveal more of the mysteries. As the name suggests, the exhibits in this museum are downright spooky and weird. Visitors will receive audio material as well as pictorial material covering the spooky folklore and legends of Iceland. The country’s most famous ghosts and the stories surrounding those ghosts will be introduced to visitors in a way they will never forget.
8 Petra Stone Collection, East Iceland
There are many unique geological creations in Iceland, and Petra Stone Collection is a great place to see one. Here, visitors will be presented with views of stones of various shapes, sizes and designs. These stones were collected with passion for many years by the owner of the museum and carefully assembled until they became an attraction that now attracts thousands of visitors each year. While the stones alone are beautiful and interesting to explore, the beautiful garden that surrounds the museum makes the experience even more unique.
seven The Icelandic Sea Monster Museum, Bildudalur
Sea monsters have been an integral part of Icelandic folklore for centuries, and visitors can now gain a more understandable knowledge of these creatures through the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum. Located in Bildudalur, this museum offers unique displays and exhibits that will convince visitors of the existence of these creatures. Besides the live presentations, witnesses also take the stage to tell their experiences with these creatures. Visitors who enter this museum come out believing in the existence of these sea monsters.
6 The French Museum, East Fjords
In the 1900s, French fishermen came to Iceland to fish the country’s rich waters, but little did they know that their legacy would continue even after their demise. Today, the stories of these fishermen are told in the French Museum, located in the very house built by these Frenchmen in Fáskrúðsfjörður. Visitors to the French Museum are received at the Hotel Foss, which is also part of the museum.
5 The Icelandic Museum of Witchcraft and Witchcraft, Westfjords
Witchcraft and sorcery has been a common practice in Iceland for centuries, but it was particularly prevalent in the country between the 17th and 18th centuries. This period saw intense witch hunts and several executions. These stories and all there is to know about witchcraft in Iceland are now on display at the Icelandic Museum of Witchcraft and Witchcraft in Holmavik. The museum is also known as Strandagaldur, and a milk-sucking demon, necropants, zombies, and many other magical exhibits will be presented to visitors of this museum.
4 The Nonsense Museum, Westfjords
In many parts of the world, weird things are usually eliminated or pushed aside, but not in Iceland. Here, these objects are carefully collected until they grow into an interesting attraction. This is the case of the Nonsense Museum in Flateyri, Westfjords. Strange materials such as sugar tubes, police caps, teaspoons, matchboxes, lighters, etc. can be found in this museum and although there is nothing new to learn about these things, browsing through the collection is interesting. The fact that visitors don’t know exactly what to expect makes it even more interesting.
3 The Shark Museum, Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Sea monsters may not be a reality for many, but sharks are, which is why a shark museum now exists in Iceland to provide a delicious taste and unusual knowledge of these sea creatures. This museum located in Bjarnarhofn Farm is dedicated to explaining to visitors the process of transforming shark meat into the beloved Icelandic delicacy – fermented shark.
2 Sigurgeir Bird Museum, Lake Myvatn
There are many species of birds in Iceland, and the Sigurgeir Bird Museum is a great place to see these creatures. This museum near Lake Myvatn is dedicated to Sigurgeir Stefánsson – a bird lover whose collection makes up the museum. Many of the birds that can be found in this museum are unique to Iceland, and guides are always on hand to tell visitors what they need to know about the beautiful creatures.
1 Icelandic Punk Museum, Reykjavík
Believe it or not, there is a small museum in Iceland that introduces visitors to the history of Icelandic punk. The museum is located where the public toilets used to be in Reykjavík, but there’s nothing oozing about this place. Instead, it is equipped with Icelandic musical equipment and also offers the possibility for visitors to listen to Icelandic music.