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“It's a hunting museum!”

Wildlife Museum Veidisafnid
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Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

What a strange place! Whether you like it or not will depend upon your views on wealthy people paying to shoot wild animals.

It's essentially one man's vanity project. The building is his home, and well over 90% of the stuffed animals on display were shot by him - as evidenced by the numerous photos of him sitting next to the dead animal with his large gun. Guns also form a large part of the exhibition.

The displays include polar bear, giraffe, lions,etc. They are real & the ones he shot. The rhino on display is fake, as the one he shot was using a drugged dart so the horn could be removed.

The description of it being a wildlife museum is a little incongruous, given the background to how the displays were sourced. To my mind it's a more of one man's hunting museum.

Date of experience: May 2015
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Reviewed December 29, 2014

We enjoyed a wonderful experience at the Wildlife museum in Stokkseyri, Iceland. The auditoriums were filled with fine exhibits of animals from all around the world. The mounts were lifelike. Displays of firearms that were used in harvesting the trophies were very interesting. The museum's curator, Pall Reynisson, has done an exquisite job in these fine displays. We recommend visiting the Wildlife Museum Veidisafnid in Stokkseyri, Iceland. You will be amazed.

Date of experience: September 2014
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Reviewed September 26, 2014

In a small village in South-Iceland, Stokkseyri, you will find several museums, amongst them The Wildlife Museum or "Veiðisafnið" in Icelandic. The museum is the home of Páll Reynisson, hunter, who opened his home to the public in 2004.

Páll started out with 2 stuffed birds, but his collection grew so much that he had filled 3 houses in Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland. He then moved with his collection in 1999 to Stokkseyri village in South-Iceland.

More and more people were knocking on his door to have a peek at his animals and when a 1000 people had visited him on that purpose over a period of 6 months, he decided on opening up a museum.

I have visited the museum several times through the years. There are 2 big rooms - saloons really, one is his living room with a big giraffe in the middle of the room plus numerous other animals, which Páll has hunted in Iceland, Greenland, North-America and South-Africa.

In the other room, the drawing room, there is a lion and a lioness, a crocodile and numerous birds and other animals. On display are also rifles, hand-guns, hunting knives and much more. Páll´s collection is quite amazing.

Páll is such a perfectionist that it is a delight paying him a visit, everything is perfectly arranged and the selection is huge. A guided tour of the museum is available, make use of that as Páll is very knowledgeable.

The museum is located in one of the first buildings you see on your right hand side when you enter Stokkseyri village.

The opening hours for the museum are daily from 11am - 6pm from April-September, but on weekends only during the winter time. The museum is closed in December and January.

No pictures are allowed inside the museum for security reasons. Páll didn´t budge no matter how hard I begged him for one picture of me and the polar bear. Or the giraffe. So I had to take a picture of Páll himself ;) He didn´t seem to mind, but better ask him beforehand ;)

Date of experience: August 2014
2  Thank Regína R
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