Isafjordur Maritime Museum
Isafjordur Maritime Museum
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV3,466 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We spent about an hour at this museum. It is housed in a the traditional ancestral home of the family running the museum. We enjoyed each of the vignettes - spanning a few centuries.

Note: staircases inside museum are extremely steep and not appropriate for anyone with mobility issues. Also important to note that the museum has a distinct “old” smell.
Written August 1, 2023
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Julie_from_MI
Troy, MI155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
Well worth the time. The movie was well done and very realistic to understand 1000 years of off shore fishing in an 8 man rowboat. And this was what the farmers did in their off season and with little sunlight. Watch as much as you have time for.
Written September 29, 2016
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Tim479
Glen Arm, MD678 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
If you arrive on your cruise ship without booking a tour this is the place to go. It is only a couple of blocks from the ship and rich in local history. Walking through this small but amazing museum will carry one into a past not many of us can relate to. The ship models are very well done, and the restored rooms take us into a into the past both beautiful and functional. The surrounding area is foreign to most of us and a reminder of why we travel to see the world and all its wonders.
Written February 17, 2018
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HIDiHoPetaluma
Petaluma, Californiagal15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
We literally stumbled into this museum on the advice of a guide. It shows a movie about traditional Iceland fishing that holds some big surprises, it has pictures of old-time fishing boats and examples of dried salted cod, and it's packed with accordions! We had such fun here - be sure to allow time for the fishing movie; it's not to be missed (about 30 minutes). There's an upstairs with more things but since we're disabled, we couldn't climb up the narrow stairway to see.
Written September 25, 2016
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igolfCA
Williamsburg, VA1,685 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
An interesting museum highlighting the lives of the traditional Icelandic fisherman. There is an excellent movie about this to watch, so allow enough time. Items relating to fishing are on display as well as other things such as accordians.

There are a couple of things to taste (I passed). Most people didn't like them, so I figured it wasn't worth it.

This is a good place to learn some facts about Iceland that you didn't know.
Written September 24, 2016
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John S
Homosassa, FL1,191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
ISAFJORDUR - The morning mist, the meadows carpeted with pink or white Arctic poppies,the big open spaces and peaceful farms - such camera-worthy attributes, contributed to the Isafjordur area being awarded with the prestigious EUROPEAN DESTINATION OF EXCELLENCE honor.
Isafjordur was founded in the 9th century, and began growing as a trade center in the 16th century. It is in the Northeast corner of Iceland on the Vestfiroir Peninsula.
Isafjordur experiences a cold climate year around; July is the warmest month with high temp of 50F.
Isafjordur, has a lot of points of interests. Just to name a few:
MARITIME MUSEUM!
Located in one of Isafjordur's oldest houses dating back to the 18th century, the museum exhibits include everything from fishhooks to ships. Also across the bay is.
OSVOR MUSEUM!
Located on the east side of the bay, the museum and nearby restored fisherman's huts, offer a picture of how local seaman made their livelihood over a century ago.
Between the two museums, a lot to do and see and some beautiful views around.
GLACIER FJORD!
This excursion takes you though the crystal clear water and narrow bay of Glacier Fjords to a isolated village of Hesteyri- beautiful scenery, have cameras ready.
SKRUOUR!
This botanical garden is the oldest in Iceland. It's surprising to see flowers thriving so close to the Arctic. The flowers are beautiful..
We like to talk with the locals and learn firsthand about their country and cities, and while talking to a couple of locals we learned some tidbits.
Isafjordur is home to the annual European mud football championship.
Also Isafjordur is among the top ski resorts in Iceland, with illuminated slopes for night skiing.
One local informed us that as of 2011 there were 320,000 people in the world who can speak Icelandic, and the Icelandic language has not changed in 1,000 years..
ELF MAGIC!
We asked what is all this about - many Icelanders believe in elves. In fact, we learned many roads have been re-routed to avoid disturbing the area where elves are thought to live. THAT WAS VERY INTERESTING!!!
We talked about local cuisine - the locals take advantage of the sea. The Arctic Char & Cod cheeks that are sauteed in butter, or beer battered and fried are two dishes very popular.
Traditional Icelandic dishes includes a soft cheese called SKYR, smoked lamb called HANGIKJOT, and cured meat and fish products served on a sweet rye bread called RUGBRAOU
After our talks with the locals we went shopping..
The main shopping areas are SIFURTORG, HAFNARSTRAETI and ADALSTRAETI.
You can find good buys in Icelandic Jewelry, Books, Duvets, and local handicrafts. Shops are open Monday-Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, On Saturday from 12:00 Pm - 4:00 PM, and Closed on Sunday's
If you are planning a vacation in Iceland, make sure that Isafjordur is on your itinerary
Till Later; (SAFE TRAVELING)
John & Jackie Scalise/Dunedin, Florida
Written October 25, 2015
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Gus H
Stuart, FL715 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
The lovely little museum was our location for the conclusion of our Sunday morning's Isafjord Culture Walk led by Herbert, a life-long local resident and full time travel agent whom we contacted through our Viator Internet search of TTD while in town for the day on our cruise. The museum provides an historic look back on their beloved marine past in old-film and memorabilia. It is located just a 5-10 minute walk from the tiny, yet bustling commercial port. A very interesting 30-45 visit. Highly recommended.
Written September 22, 2018
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Tiare
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
This building is itself an amazing piece of history. Make sure you visit the top floor! With a section on local fishing, accordion culture in Isafjordur, local plants, boat building tools and even an old dive suit this place is a little gem in a beautiful town of the Westfjords.
Written June 8, 2018
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Ukoneuk
UK198 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
The small heritage museum is close to the cruise terminal and harbour, very easy to find at the waters edge
There is an entry charge but I don’t remember what it was, although from memory you do need Icelandic currency
The exhibits are noted in English and we spent a couple of hours here including the 1st floor video presentation about traditional fishing. Also a small piece on the “Cod Wars” with the UK
Do go up to the top floor, however its access is a very steep ladder, but the views are wonderful
I thought well worth the visit
Written October 11, 2017
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Tanja S
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia1,366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
A must see location! Why? Because it's located in the small town of Isafjordur (population about 2500). That makes it a hidden gem. The museum gives a good overview of the fishing industry in the area. So, yes, enjoy the fish! Regretfully, we did not go in. We had spent too much time roaming the streets of Isafjordur, enjoying the atmosphere and the colourful houses. So I don't know whether there's WiFi or not. But don't think so. There's WiFi at a cafe next to the Tourist Office. I guess there's no audio tour either. I assume there will be captions in Icelandic and English. There's no need to pay to skip the line. There is no line.
Written September 20, 2017
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