Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum
Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 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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  • 1957
    Ottawa, Canada830 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique experience..
    As part of our Gate 1 tour, we stopped along the Snoefellness Peninsula to experience this unique Icelandic adventure. This shark museum is family operated, it holds a history of generations of shark fishing and processing. A live presentation explains interesting facts about the Greenland Shark. There is also a video to watch. You can also visit where the sharks hang to dry. Then you can taste a small piece of shark, you chew about 5-6 times then the ammonia comes out ..it’s nauseating, then they give you rye bread and an alcool chaser to get the taste away.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 3, 2023
  • HeritageK
    48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tasting the stinky shark
    It was a very unique experience that I believe can only be found in Iceland. The story behind how this Icelandic delicacy, the stinky shark, came about is amazing! After a short presentation, you will be offered three different way of tasting it: with a shot of vodka, with a small piece of bread or just by itself (the Expert level). I suggest that you start with the shot of vodka, then by the bread, and if you so brave, try the meat by itself. The outer layer of the meat has a firm texture, juicy, slightly sweet and not stinky at all. However, as soon as you bite into the middle part of the meat and a very strong ammonia smell gushing out, I hope you are all ready for that. If you are nearby that area, I strongly recommend you to spend a hour or so to visit this Shark Museum. You won't be disappointed!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Poppenlander
    258 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Been there, done that, got the T-shirt . . .
    OK, so this is definitely one of those, "I want to be able to say that I did that" type of experiences. This small museum plays a short video about the history of shark hunting in Iceland, combined with an introductory talk from one of the staffers. Then, you're offered an opportunity to eat a piece of fermented shark, along with rye bread to cut the strong flavor. As expected, the texture was rubbery, reminiscent of octopus or other seafood. And yes, the fermented meat does taste like ammonia. I had two pieces, one with the rye bread and one without. It was all right. The museum itself is small, and might be more interesting to a hard core history buff or those who enjoy seeing traditional equipment and methods. Personally, I found the most interesting part to be the chance to see the drying meat on the racks behind the main building (you can find pictures of this on other reviews). But at around $20 USD per person for an experience that lasted less than an hour, I am not sure if the overall package is worth it - unless you just want to say that you ate the fermented shark.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 14, 2023
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2skidivers
Silverthorne, CO353 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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MarcusLYK
Singapore, Singapore126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Poppenlander
Seattle, Washington, United States258 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
OK, so this is definitely one of those, "I want to be able to say that I did that" type of experiences. This small museum plays a short video about the history of shark hunting in Iceland, combined with an introductory talk from one of the staffers. Then, you're offered an opportunity to eat a piece of fermented shark, along with rye bread to cut the strong flavor. As expected, the texture was rubbery, reminiscent of octopus or other seafood. And yes, the fermented meat does taste like ammonia. I had two pieces, one with the rye bread and one without. It was all right.

The museum itself is small, and might be more interesting to a hard core history buff or those who enjoy seeing traditional equipment and methods. Personally, I found the most interesting part to be the chance to see the drying meat on the racks behind the main building (you can find pictures of this on other reviews). But at around $20 USD per person for an experience that lasted less than an hour, I am not sure if the overall package is worth it - unless you just want to say that you ate the fermented shark.
Written December 15, 2023
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HeritageK
48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
It was a very unique experience that I believe can only be found in Iceland. The story behind how this Icelandic delicacy, the stinky shark, came about is amazing!

After a short presentation, you will be offered three different way of tasting it: with a shot of vodka, with a small piece of bread or just by itself (the Expert level). I suggest that you start with the shot of vodka, then by the bread, and if you so brave, try the meat by itself.

The outer layer of the meat has a firm texture, juicy, slightly sweet and not stinky at all. However, as soon as you bite into the middle part of the meat and a very strong ammonia smell gushing out, I hope you are all ready for that.

If you are nearby that area, I strongly recommend you to spend a hour or so to visit this Shark Museum. You won't be disappointed!
Written September 30, 2023
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Carrie0693
Madison, AL1,916 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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SAinPA
Carlisle, PA622 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
A unique experience. They process Icelandic sharks that get caught in fishing nets and “ferment” the meat to make it edible. Their family has been processing shark meat in this manner for generations. A small and unique museum and an opportunity to taste fermented shark meat. Not what you want for a steady diet - but have done it - got the t shirt - won’t do it again.
We also had lunch in their on site restaurant and the food was very good.
A nice museum of Icelandic history.
Written September 22, 2021
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funwithfamilyVA
Leesburg, VA143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Good stop if you are in the area. You don’t need a lot of time here… 30 minutes or so is really plenty. It’s a family run operation that provides some history of the shark fishing business… you get to try the fermented shark… and the scenery around the us otherworldly!
Written August 1, 2022
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1957
Ottawa, Canada830 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
As part of our Gate 1 tour, we stopped along the Snoefellness Peninsula to experience this unique Icelandic adventure. This shark museum is family operated, it holds a history of generations of shark fishing and processing. A live presentation explains interesting facts about the Greenland Shark. There is also a video to watch. You can also visit where the sharks hang to dry. Then you can taste a small piece of shark, you chew about 5-6 times then the ammonia comes out ..it’s nauseating, then they give you rye bread and an alcool chaser to get the taste away.
Written June 3, 2023
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ChaiTea
Maumelle, AR101 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
I so wish we had not gone on this tour after finding out that the Greenland shark matures at 100 years old and can live to be 500 years old and there are not many left. Why sell its meat to tourists? Sure if it is delicacy just for Iceland residents but promoting it to non-citizens and killing these unusual animals is sad.
Written July 3, 2023
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The Thing about
Arlington, TX22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Great stop while exploring the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. A must stop if your looking to have an experience unique to Iceland. Friendly staff, interesting history, and test of bravery (eating the fermented shark).

STRONG ammonia smell and taste. Rubbery texture. The rye bread flavor is strong enough to cut the shark flavor in half. Bring your own chaser!
Written September 20, 2022
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