Petra Stone Collection
Petra Stone Collection
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Open 1st JUNE - 31 AUGUST 2021 Opening hour: 10.00 - 17 .00 7 days a week Privately owned collection and run by Petra family who collected the stones. In the last decades Petra Stone Collection has been one of the most visited attraction in East Iceland. The house and garden have taken the shape of a nature museum but never the less was primarily Petra's home. In the collection are hundreds of thousands of stones and minerals all from East Iceland in the garden and the house. At Petra Collection you can buy souvenirs made by the family as well as snack at Cafe Sunno. Petra Stone Collection is most likely the biggest private stone collection in the world. Hope to see you in the summer.
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Annemay Hogeling
11 contributions
Sep 2022
Its such a special place because unlike other places in iceland it is filled with flowers. You can really sense a certain kind of spirit there because of all the gem stones and plants. The inside area is also amazing, Petra gathered so many amazing items, you feel very connected to this icelandic lady you never met. They also sell a numerous of beautiful gems but you can see their main goal is just to really share the story of their passed away mother and her passion for natures treasures
Written September 11, 2022
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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,465 contributions
Jun 2021
I think a lot of people stop here because it breaks up a long drive through the East Fjords. We like geology, so we found the collection very nice, but the more interesting parts were the labeled stones inside the building. The whole collection of rocks and pens and other things Petra collected was a little uncomfortable, because there are themes of hoarding and OCD behaviors throughout the whole thing.
Written October 23, 2021
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Lottelli
Wirral, UK2,432 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Truly quite a significant stone collection! The stones are all around the garden, brilliantly displayed. The garden is a lovely place to sit in the sun.
The collection continues inside - so many stones! Really interesting. There is a few bits about the stones and what type of stone each one is inside.
There’s also some taxidermy.
There is a small cafe too.
Worth a stop.
Written July 27, 2021
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Robert M
Kopavogur, Iceland42 contributions
Jul 2020
Too expensive for what it is. After 5 minutes of looking at the same 50 stones in different sizes, it became just too boring and I completely lost interest but my 9 year old wanted to see everything so I had to spend at least 30 minutes there. I could not care more about the person that Petra was and didn't find it necessary nor interesting to have her complete biography displayed and being portrait like some kind of a saint. She was a stone collector - big deal.
Written August 3, 2020
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LSQRD1
Kent, OH704 contributions
Jul 2022
We stopped here to break up our drive and were happy we did. The rocks are numerous and colorful but what really blew us away were how well the grounds are planted and the number of stunning flowers. We also were able to get a light lunch and take a break before hitting the road again.
Written August 8, 2022
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Tync62
Seattle, WA26 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
This is not a typical review.

My wife paid the 1000 ISK admission with a 10000 ISK bill. That was the first time she landed sight on Iceland currency. So she thought she used a 1000 bill. Well, while she didn't expect the change, neither did the booth lady attempt to give out change. When I realized I'm missing the bill 10 minutes later, we came back to the booth. Strangely enough, the lady has left in the middle of day. And there was no 10000 ISK bill in the cash registry either.

You can make your own call. But it absolutely left a bad taste in our mouth, and the place became the sole sour point in our entire Iceland trip.

Know your currency. Be careful with your money.
Written June 21, 2015
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Dear Tync62 I would like to confirm that we did go over the cash in the cashier with you -and confirm like you say there was no 10.000 isk bill in there. You said your wife has not seen Icelandic money before -and maybe thought she paid with 10.000 isk but she paid with 1000 isk but did not -we did not receive one from you at least. The lady at the entrance did not disappear from the premises but she had to take a break after your terrible insults you subjected her to. We were polite to you and went well over everything with you. We agree with your sentiment that everyone should know the currency in the country they travel.
Written April 22, 2018
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TubaKoseogluOkcu
Istanbul, Türkiye5,590 contributions
Aug 2013 • Friends
"Petra's Stone Collection" house was on our way and this is how we had the chance to visit it. To me it was rather a memorial: Petra, who recently died at age around 90s, was an amateur stone collector. The story goes as this: when she was a young girl, she got lost in the mountains together with her brothers. The stones helped them to find their way home and this is how she started collecting stones. In fact she did not only collect stones, but also pens, pencils, key holders, bones, etc. This is her house and all her collections are displayed. These are her childrend and grand children who run the place. There is a minimal fee for entrance and you can also buy stones there. They also serve free coffee inside, which was great for us as the day we visited was extremely rainy and cold and that hot coffee did a great job for us. As I am not a big fan of rocks, I was rather impressed of the garden which was beautifully kept and was very serene. Those among us who were rock fans though were in fact really impressed.

It was a cosy place to visit. As it was on our way, to me, this visit served as a coffee break. But I would not make special efforts to come here.
Written August 28, 2013
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doruf
Haifa, Israel82 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
I myself am a frick of rocks and minerals and this huge collection, while randomly arranged and without names for the exponates, was an occasion for me to see the richess of rocks and minerals of an active avolcanic region. Though I was the only one in my group that was innitiated in the nature of rocks exposed, all the others were pleasantly impressed by the beauty of the exhibition and place. There is also a coffee shop where one can sit and enjoy the view of the sea while sipping a drink or a coffee. Recommended.
Written August 10, 2013
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Amanda C
30397191 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
This 'museum' isn't a museum at all, it's just a collection of rocks, and other things with no explanations. The garden is pretty, but that's about it. And there are collections of pens, match boxes, handkerchiefs and other things. Someone front group pointed out that in the US the TV program 'Hoarders' would have been to visit!!
Written August 6, 2013
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DeborahL428
Troy, NY760 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
This is by far the biggest stone collection I have ever seen. The main house if filled top to bottom with all kinds of stones rich with minerals, geodes and gems. There is also a collection of native animals in the rooms. Another room is for gift-giving featuring smaller stone samples and handcrafted Icelandic jewelry made with the native stones.

There are outbuildings with the historical story of this amazing woman. Pamphlets are available in different languages for easier reading. This is the room I was moved emotionally just by reading about her and what the family has done for visitors who pass by.

Follow the numerous outside paths to view more rocks on display as well as a professional looking landscaped garden. We were there in late May so many of the early spring flowers were just starting to bloom. It was truly beautiful.

It inspired us to look more closely at the stones we were gathering to bring back to the states.

A small cafe is available for light snacks and drinks. We opted for some hot chocolate and were invited to sit to enjoy it in the adjacent sunroom.

This is definitely a stop you shouldn't miss. Hopefully you can time it in a way to avoid the bus crowd. We got there in the morning within the hour it had opened and we beat the first bus. It was enjoyable without flocks of people.
Written June 12, 2016
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