Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft

Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft, Holmavik: Hours, Address, Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft Reviews: 4/5

Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft

Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
The museum is a compination between historical facts abut what happened in Iceland in the 17th century concerning to the witchcraze in Iceland, a period of appr. 50 years and Icelandic folklore connected to magic and sorcery. The museum has guides in several languages, English, Czech, French, Hebrew, Dutch, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish. The museum also runs a small restaurant where emphasis is placed on seafood including blue mussels which are farmed in the clean fjord. Both the museum and the restaurant are open whole year.The second part of the museum is The Sorcerer's Cottage located 28 km north of Hólmavík.
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Jonathan
Reykjavik, Iceland5 contributions
Spooky and Interesting
Apr 2020
There is much more to this small museum than meets the eye! There is so much information inside about the history of witchcraft in Iceland, along with many "artifacts." I ended up spending so much time reading all the materials there that we ran out of time and had to leave. Definitely worth a visit!
Written March 3, 2021
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Annelies B
Antwerp Province, Belgium207 contributions
Somehwat weird museum
Aug 2020
I do understand the idea behind the museum, but the design doesn't really work. There is not much written information, it is small, and the person at the counter was simply not welcoming. Hopefully it was just then and there, so don’t let that hold you back from visiting. I just did not learn much, which is still a basic principle of going to a museum.
Written September 27, 2020
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L_Fenton
Worcester, UK136 contributions
Fascinating Museum in stunning location
Sep 2019
This gem of a museum is tucked away in the small village of Holmavik in the West Fjords. It is well worth a visit as it gives a complete history of Witchcraft in Iceland. Containing some original artefacts it is bright and modern inside with English translations for visitors. There are two floors to explore with a full timeline in the upstairs gallery. The Museum has a great cafe and wonderful gift shop / book shop and also has tourist information leaflets. Definitely worth the drive and a stay over in the village.
Written November 22, 2019
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sere.boba
Peschiera Borromeo, Italy723 contributions
Interesting but improvable
Aug 2019 • Friends
I found the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft interesting both for the legends and real stories narrated, and for the recreated atmosphere. An enhancement I could suggest is to label the various objects shown, to display wether they’re real historic items or just a reconstruction of the originals.
Written October 31, 2019
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Paul and Kim A
Toronto, Canada199 contributions
Worth the detour to Holmavik
Oct 2019
This was fun. The history of witchcraft trials tied, unexpectedly, with the historical sagas. A remarkable proportion of those prosecuted were related to Egil Skallagrimsson. Learning that fact alone was worth the detour to Holmavik. The museum was quirky and informative and we are glad it exists. A perfect little break in a long day of driving. We have separately reviewed the associated restaurant.
Written October 21, 2019
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julietDhaas
Sacramento, CA12 contributions
Fascinating Historical Timeline of Witchcraft in Iceland
Sep 2019
When I started planning my GilsfjördurArts artist residency in Iceland this Museum of Sorcery was on my list. You pay the museum fee at the Cafe desk and they give you a booklet written in Icelandic on one side and English on the other, and you're on your own. It was so much more fascinating than I expected. Reading the historical timeline from the first witch trial until the last witch burning. The stave's and relics were quite a bit more creepy and disturbing than I expected, but that made the experience all the more interesting. From there we drove to the Sorcerer's Cottage, which I didn't realize was a part of the Museum, located about an hours drive again north at the Hotel Laugarhóll where we stayed the night before returning to GilsfjórdurArts.
Written September 15, 2019
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klwombat1
Darwin, Australia109 contributions
Interesting information but unexciting
Sep 2019 • Couples
A small “museum” that was a collection of information with replicas of numerous things that are associated with witchcraft. Basically you read the information from a booklet. There are only a couple of cabinets with interesting things on display - most is just photocopied documents. There is one stone at the end that may have been from the relevant era.
If you would like to find out about witchcraft in the 1600s and are happy to just read a booklet then you will find this interesting
Written September 4, 2019
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Viv
7 contributions
Museum of Witchcraft & Sorcery
Aug 2019 • Family
We were staying in Hólmavík and one of the first things we did was visit this museum. Although small size wise, it was packed with interesting exhibits and information. Most of the displays are in Icelandic, and other languages are available as a booklet, which was great if, like me, you’re a bit of a language geek trying to work out which word means what! The history of witchcraft and punishment was fascinating, as were the documented spells and charms. Teenager was none too taken with the necropants, but was curious enough to ask how they were swapped over without ripping them...
The café also looked lovely, and everyone there was very friendly.
Written August 12, 2019
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Þórey G
Hafnarfjordur, Iceland644 contributions
Interesting museum
Aug 2019 • Solo
I have been few times in Hólmavík but never stopped at the museum
I liked the visit and as a Icelander I learnt a lot about the sorcery that was in Iceland in the old times
The coffee at the coffeeshop is also very good
The atmosphere was relaxed
Written August 9, 2019
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Bruce M
Carlsbad, CA562 contributions
In the land of trolls, a recording of trials, executions, and practices.
Jul 2019 • Friends
It's a long drive from the North to the Northwest. Holmavik offers an interesting diversion. A bit of Salem gone wrong. We enjoyed our visit as well as the lamb stew in the adjoining restaurant.
Written July 12, 2019
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