Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum

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Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum holds a history of generations of shark fishing and processing. The visit includes shark tasting and a live presentation of this history and interesting facts about the Greenland shark. After the museum, be sure to visit the drying house where the shark has to hang to dry.
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Robin W
san francisco, ca210 contributions
Good stop on a blustery day
Sep 2021 • Friends
Delightful tour guide, rightfully proud of her family’s business. Eclectic museum with interesting collection. And now we can say we’ve tried fermented shark. Once.
Written September 13, 2021
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Angela
Italy13 contributions
IT’s A SCAM! Don’t go!
Sep 2021 • Couples
Paid 1800 kr each. It should be free because offers NOTHING! It’s just a hall with some old fishing stuff and the museum consists of a 7 minutes video with a brief explanation of what fermented shark is. They also have a lot of stuffed animals and it’s kinda creepy. They say they don’t hunt sharks in Iceland, but I don’t it’s true. It’s just a touristic scam place! Don’t go!!
Written September 11, 2021
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Carrie0693
Madison, AL1,482 contributions
Best Tasting Shark Spot
Aug 2021
We rented a car and glad we stopped here. Beautiful setting and you can try the shark here and I did and how he served it, it wasn't bad. You eat it with Rye bread and it kills the taste however the 2nd helping then you get the ammonia. Glad I tried it. I liked walking back to where it's hung to dry. The scenery is amazing. I got close up pix of black sheep. They had real cool stuff in their museum, however it wasn't shark related. It seems that all museums have very similar items; sewing machines, old phones etc. But in each 1 you find a few different things. They have a cafe but it was closed. I'm guessing it's for tour buses. They sell shark and t-shirts for souvenirs.
Written August 26, 2021
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2skidivers
Silverthorne, CO337 contributions
The Greenland Shark Story...again.
Aug 2021
Our tour stopped here for an overpriced lunch (3 chicken legs and fries for 2400 kr, 2 pc of fish and fries for 2200kr.) Then the ones who wanted to hear the story about the Greenland Whale and how the inedible meat was treated to make it edible paid to go into the museum, get a taste and go to the barn to see how it is dried. We had heard and read the story several times and did not need to go to the museum to hear it again. It was just another museum to separate tourists from their money.
Written August 20, 2021
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ks_blumberg
Boise, ID29 contributions
Hard Pass on This
Aug 2021 • Family
No, just no. This was literally a one room small barn filled with random dusty ocean relics - fish bones, teeth, old fishing gear. They do a small video covering the history of hunting sharks then you get a small sample of fermented shark. Tour buses abound. Can’t believe we paid to visit this place! Save your money and keep on driving!
Written August 13, 2021
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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,173 contributions
Fun!
Jun 2021
We had a fun time at the museum! There are a collection of family items not related to sharks but interesting nonetheless. There is also a video and presentation which explains all about the harvesting of the Greenland Shark. This was interesting and funny, and then they brought out a bowl of shark cubes, rye bread, and brennivin to try. Apparently I can't smell a thing, because I ate two pieces of shark because I thought it was good, LOL.
Written July 11, 2021
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Nicole
Chicago, IL1 contribution
Unique and enriching experience
Feb 2020
My finance and I stopped here at the beginning of our Iceland trip in February 2019 (yes, this is LONG overdue). The museum is well off the main road and we were so glad we pushed through the heavy snowfall to visit.

For only $12 each, we had the privilege of touring the family-run museum which was filled with a wonderful collection of boats, fishing equipment, fossils and bones, taxidermy animals, rocks and crystals, maps and charts, and other interesting antiques reflective of the family's unique history. The woman who greeted us was kind and attentive. She played a video that explained the processing of the Greenland shark into hákarl (fermented shark), which is an Icelandic delicacy. It's worth a taste with the rye bread to at least say you did it.

We really took our time to appreciate the interesting collection. After we finished exploring, we asked a few questions and, as a collector, I expressed my excitement in seeing the crystals and fossils in their collection. She told us to wait a moment...and she quickly returned with a palm sized rock with striations and  subtle crystal flecks. She explained that it was a piece from the mountain behind the museum. I was overjoyed by her kindness and excited to add it to my collection!

It was a truly memorable, authentic Icelandic experience that we highly recommend for all ages. 
Written January 21, 2021
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Jim R
Pisgah Forest, NC3 contributions
Well worth the visit
Oct 2019
I have visited the Shark Museum many times with my Smithsonian Journeys groups. Kristján always puts on a good show. He has a great sense of humor as he narrates the excellent video on Shark meat production. Be sure to visit the drying shed behind the museum! I've actually gotten so I kind of like the shark meat but it is definitely an acquired taste.
Written August 21, 2020
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MarcusLYK
Singapore, Singapore115 contributions
Barely a museum, but very interesting
Feb 2020
The museum was just a room full of fishing gears, taxidermy animals, and photos of Iceland in the past. The museum owner then showed us a video of the processing of the greenland shark, and whipped out 2 bowls. The first bowl was the white fermented shark meat that resembles cubes of white jelly, while the second bowl was rye bread. The first try with the rye bread was pretty awful, but miraculously upon the instructions of the museum owner, the second try of the shark meat itself was not as bad. I would rate it similar to smelly tofu, which is processed in a similar manner. You could visit the shed where they hang out the meat to dry after fermentation, but be warned, the stench is pretty bad!
Written March 6, 2020
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SNumerator
Basking Ridge, NJ39 contributions
Surprisingly good
Oct 2019
As you approach the museum which is not that easy to find, you are likely to be underwhelmed. At the entrance, you may question the admission price as you size up the place. However, stick it out as you will find an interesting and unique experience. The exhibits in the museum are not that compelling, but the short film and presentation by the family member who relates the history and process of shark capture and preparation is really interesting. All of the Greenland Sharks that end up as shark meat are the result of accidental capture in nets intended for other fish. The process of preparation is fascinating and the presentation given with pride and enthusiasm. In addition to seeing the prepared shark aging in sheds in the back, you can also try some shark meat. I would urge you to take the rye bread offered as it helps mellow some of the "flavor" of the fish. It is an acquired taste. It is fun stop and something that is probably not available outside Iceland.
Written October 28, 2019
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