War and Peace Museum

War and Peace Museum, Akranes

War and Peace Museum
4.5
Military Museums • History Museums
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War and Peace Museum are open from May 15 to Sep 15. Hvalfjördur has an important occupational history that tells the story from 1940 to 1945. At the War and Peace Museum you will find an exciting exhibition of items connected to the war and the history and culture of Hvalfjördur during that time.
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Annelies B
Antwerp Province, Belgium207 contributions
A throwback in time
Aug 2019
An ever growing collection of materials, prullaria and stories, get you soaked into the atmosphere of WWII in Iceland. A topic that I was not very familiar with, but started to read a book about it after my visit.

Especially the music in the diner, and the elderly people seeking memories, make it such a special place and a throwback in time.

There is not much text, it is mostly a museum where the things put on display speak for themselves.
Written August 17, 2019
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lisama2015, LisaM
Kingston, Canada57 contributions
WWII Time Capsule of Life
Apr 2019 • Friends
As part of our literary tour during the Iceland Writers Retreat, we stopped in at the War and Peace Museum, overlooking beautiful Hvalfjörður. Inside was an amazing collection of wartime photos and artifacts, collected from the period of occupation in Iceland (1940-1945). Although there are many military artifacts, there are also many others, detailing the life of ordinary people. The owner had arranged things on walls and in rooms, according to nationality. He is to be commended for astutely gathering together many common, ordinary things, which in the museum world of collections are often the most difficult to obtain. It was a feast for the eyes and mind. One would have to return many times to take it all in. We have the collector/curator/owner to thank for single-handedly taking on such an enormous personal project. He spoke to us and answered questions, while we were served tea and kleinur, a popular Icelandic twisted doughnut, with cardamon and nutmeg. Very tasty!

Don't overlook this incredible opportunity to walk through history! I certainly look forward to returning
Written April 28, 2019
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Tea Maria
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Interesting and beautiful
Apr 2019 • Couples
Very interesting museum!
The owners are very nice and the whole setup is beautiful.
You can also get coffee/tea and some nice Icelandic waffles.
Written April 27, 2019
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Hilary K
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A very interesting place
Dec 2018 • Friends
A surprising museum to find in a quiet area of Iceland. We went to see references to a particular regiment stationed in Reykjavik during W W2. What a wonderful place it is. All memorabilia collected over a few years by a very enthusiastic and interesting collector, who is trying to keep this part of Icelandic heritage together. Although closed at this time of year he very kindly opened for us and will do for others by appointment. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written December 13, 2018
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djtod
Barrington, IL7 contributions
A Hidden Treasure!
Sep 2018 • Couples
While off the beaten path this museum is a must if you are interested in the role of Iceland in WWII. The archivist who goes by William met us personally after a phone call to set up an appointment. We went over some documents from my fathers tour of duty during the war when he was stationed in Iceland for over 3 years. It was a moving experience and they even served us coffee and a traditional Icelandic pastry kleinur. The museum is chalk full of artifacts and perhaps the only quibble would be that there is some lack of documentation. We really enjoyed our visit. It was definitely worth the effort to get there!!

Written September 18, 2018
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Vera A
Reykjavik, Iceland91 contributions
A historical and peaceful museum
Jul 2018 • Family
The drive there is nice and surrounded by amazing landscape.
After getting there I was receive with a warm welcoming by Guđjon and his lovely wife.

Guđjon is a very knowledgeable man who owns this amazing place full of objects from the war and the best part is that he have been collecting them through the years. It's unbelievable how much he knows about it.

I totally recommend this place to everyone in every ages 😊.
Written July 27, 2018
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Phillip N
56 contributions
Pleasant Surprise
Jun 2018 • Family
After spending the morning at Glymur, we stopped here as it was the closest cafe for lunch. The fare was simple but excellent (mushroom soup and bread). We spent some time chatting with the owner and toured the museum after lunch. He has a very impressive collection and it really takes you back in time.
Written June 14, 2018
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PriscillaTSL
1 contribution
A quaint, warm & cosy place
Sep 2017 • Friends
Lots of care & attention has been put into the creation and display of artefacts and scenes from the 2nd world war. Exhibits have been contributed by families whose parents & grandparents experienced those times. People still come from the US and UK to share their stories.
Written September 27, 2017
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SimonandSofie
Denpasar, Indonesia215 contributions
A real eye-opener
Sep 2017 • Couples
Like most people, we were drawn to Iceland by the beauty of its landscapes, which are indeed as spectacular as we had hoped. But, en route, we chanced upon this fascinating and beautifully-curated museum that opened our eyes to an episode in Iceland's history that changed the country forever and had a huge impact on world history. The story was told to us entertainingly by the patron, Gudron, and we ate bowl after bowl of soul-warming Icelandic stew, prepared by his wife. A definite highlight of our trip. Enthusiastically recommended!
Written September 26, 2017
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Kirsten E
Copenhagen, Denmark48 contributions
Only the wind can tell the story
Aug 2017 • Family
During the Second World War The Allies had a naval base at the bottom of the fjord. For about eighteen months from summer 1941 , the convoys from USA and England had a stopover on their way to Sovjet. The world largest warships also came into the deep fjord for fueling and to escort and protect the convoys from attacks from German submarines and battleships. Today only the wind - and the little War & Peace Museum on the hillside can tell the story about the time, when thousands of English and American soldiers occupied the fjord. Inside is a rare and interesting exhibition of uniforms, guns, clothes an photos, showing how allmost while Vera Lynn is singing "We´ll meet again". You can have lunch and watching videos from the time and a special unit is reserved HMS Hood, a 48.000 ton British Naval battlecruiser, which was sunk in The Danmarks Stræde just outside Reykjanes peninsula. Only three sailors survived
Written September 26, 2017
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