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Hof Cultural and Conference Center

Strandgata 12, 600 Akureyri

Hof Cultural Centre is located in downtown Akureyri and is one of the greatest landmarks of the town. With the circular building’s exterior being inspired by the Icelandic columnar igneous rocks, the building makes a clear and deserved mark on the town and attracts a number of guests all year round. Hof is an information centre for travellers and is therefore a popular destination for tourists visiting Akureyri. The majestic design of the building’s exterior as well as interior creates a welcoming atmosphere and is admired by both guests and those just passing by. 

Hof Cultural Centre is the heart of northern Icelandic culture and provides services across the entire north-east corner of the country with a great variety of events. So including foreign travellers the centre attracts thousands of guests from all over the country annually with it’s great melange of cultural and artistic events, concerts, conferences, meetings and so on and so forth.  

The operations of Hof Cultural Centre is in the hands of Akureyri Culture Company, which also oversees the production and project co-ordination of most of the events that take place both at Hof and Samkomuhúsið. Besides that the ACC also oversees the renting out of Hof’s many halls and spaces for all kinds of events and thus contributes to the growing supply of a diverse cultural input in the North. 

Hælið - The Great White Plague center

Kristnes, 601 Akureyri

 HÆLIÐ the great White Plague center.

A visual exhibition about loss, sorrow and despair but also about hope, serenity and lust for life.

Opening hours:
Summer: daily 12:00-18:00
Winter: Saturdays and Sundays 14:00-18:00 

LÁ ART MUSEUM

Austurmörk 21, 810 Hveragerði

LÁ Art Museum (Listasafn Árnesinga) welcomes you. It runs ambitious and various shows of contemporary as well as modern art in its four spacious exhibitions rooms. The exhibitions reflect our cultural heritage and our contemporary change.

The bright seating area offers visitors the chance to relax in a peaceful setting whilst browsing through art related reading material supplied. The Museum also houses a small café and the children´s corner gives the museum´s younger visitors a chance to enjoy themselves.

The Museum is owned by the eight Municipalities in Árnesinga County and supported by the Museum Council of Iceland. 

 

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Opening hours:

June - August – Every day: 12:00-17:00
September - May – Thuesdays-Sundays: 12:00-17:00 (Closed on Mondays)  

Closed for a month around Christmas and New Year.

The Nordic house

Sturlugata 5, 101 Reykjavík

The Nordic House is an icon of aesthetics, a cultural institution and an architectural gem situated in a bird sanctuary, only a 10-minute walk from the Reykjavík city centre.

The Nordic House has exhibition areas showcasing Nordic art, a boutique with Nordic design , a beautiful Nordic library with a children's library and a playing area for families and AALTO Bistro, one of Reykjavik’s best restaurants.

Wither you fancy a nice lunch with a great view ore want to enjoy quality events, architecture or Nordic design, The Nordic House is definitely a place to visit.

AALTO Bistro is run by the renowned chef Sveinn Kjartansson, which has been showing viewers of Icelandic television how to make the most of the country’s natural food sources, especially its impressive range of seafood. Now, visitors to the Nordic House can sample for themselves the work of this creative genius, in the form of delicious smørrebrød (open sandwiches), delightful fresh lunch specials and, over the weekends, a delicately constructed dinner menu. Naturally, the fruits of the sea feature prominently, although meat and vegan options are also on offer.

Visit Aalto Bistro website. www.aalto.is

Here is an idea how to enjoy the Nordic House (2 hours)
Audio tour. Start your visit at The Nordic House by taking an audio tour of the house. The tour is free and available at the reception.

Exhibition. After a being inspired by the history and architecture of the Nordic House, visit the Atrium or exhibition rooms on the lower floor.

Dinner. Enjoy a leisurely meal at the AALTO Bistro, with an amazing view of Reykjavík and the Vatnsmýri Nature Reserve.The food at the AALTO Bistro draws on fresh, local and healthy ingredients, with vegan options. 

Check out the event calendar https://nordichouse.is/en/event/

EVENTS
The Nordic House organizes a diverse program of cultural events and exhibitions and is a venue for front row activities in the Icelandic cultural calendar. A full event and ticketing service can be found in English at www.nordichouse.is

For a complete list of events, visit The Nordic House's event calendar. https://nordichouse.is/en/event/

Opening hours: 

The Nordic House
Open daily: 10:00 – 17:00 

Reception
Open daily: 10:00 – 17:00 

The Library
Open daily: 10:00 – 17:00
tel: +354 551 7090 

AALTO Bistro
Sun - Tue: 11:30 - 17:00
Wed - Sat: 11:30 - 21:30
tel. +354 551 0200

Hornafjörður Cultural Center

Litlabrú 2, Nýheimar, 780 Höfn í Hornafirði

The cultural center has six museums as well as a research department that operates across the units. The museums are regional, maritime, natural history, art, book, district archives, natural history, and maritime museums.

Exhibitions organized by the museums are an important part of the museum's work, and here we emphasize the uniqueness of Hornafjörður and the community that is and was. Today, exhibitions are open in the library, Verbúðin in Miklagarður and Svavarssafn, and admission to the Cultural Center's exhibitions is free.

Hekla Center

Leirubakki, 851 Hella

The Hekla Centre houses a contemporary, multimedia exhibition on Hekla mountain, its history, and its influence on human life in Iceland from the time of the settlement to the present The exhibition emphasises the influence of the volcano on the inhabited areas close to it, the districts of Landsveit, Holt, and Rangárvellir. The history of these districts is traced and the story of people’s struggles with sandstorms and eruptions are told. The centre has an outstanding restaurant and facilities for meetings and conferences.

Closed this summer unless prebooked groups

Kómedíuleikhúsið

Haukadalur, Dýrafirði, 471 Þingeyri

 

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French Library - Alliance Francaise in Reykjavík

Tryggvagata 8, 2. hæð, 101 Reykjavík

Cutural center, French library and French language school

Open / ouvert:
Mon - Fri: 13:00-18:00
Sat: 10:00-12:00

The Bobby Fischer Center

Austurvegur 21, 800 Selfoss

This centre houses memorabilia of the 11th World Chess Champion BOBBY FISCHER and the Selfoss Chess Club. The American Bobby Fischer became the World Chess Champion when he defeated the Soviet grandmaster and reigning World Champion  Boris Spassky in Reykjavík in the summer of 1972.  The match is generally referred to as the Match of the Century. It took place at the height of the Cold War, mirroring the tense relations between the two superpowers, the United States of America and the Soviet Union. Since 1948 Soviet chess players had held the World Championship title - uninterrupted for 25 years. On display at the Bobby Fischer centre in  Selfoss are among other things  Spassky´s and Fischer´s scoresheets, a printout from the radiation measurements demanded by Spassky´s delegation after the 17th game and a replica of the chessboard used during the match, which was staged in Laugardalshöll in Reykjavík.  In addition, there are many curious items related to Bobby Fischer‘s stay in Iceland during his last years (2005-2008), for example, his chair from the antiquarian bookshop Bókin in Reykjavík. He died on 17th January 2008 at the age of 64.  Bobby Fischer´s final resting place is at Laugardælir cemetery, a few hundred metres away from the Bobby Fischer centre.

 

Open from 13:00-17:00 every day, from 1 June to 22 August.

 

Kirkjubæjarstofa

Klausturvegur 2, 880 Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Exhibition and study centre on the nature, history and culture of the region.

Þórbergssetur

Hali, Suðursveit, 781 Höfn í Hornafirði

The Þórbergur Centre was established in memory of the famous Icelandic writer Þórbergur Þórðarsson (1888 – 1974), who was born in Hali in Suðursveit. The centre includes a heritage museum and unique exhibitions of the district Sudursveit and the writer Þórbergur Þórðarson, his life and work. The Thorbergur Centre is by road number 1, the Ring Road. only 13 km further east from Jökulsárlón.

Open all year round, every day from 8-21.

 

Our restaurant offers local food from the farm and the Vatnajökull region.

The Blönduós Academic Center

Árbraut 31, 540 Blönduós

The Blönduós Academic Center (Þekkingarsetur) was established February 29, 2012 in Kvennaskólinn, the former Women´s College in Blönduós, Northwest Iceland. From 2008 - 2011, the Hólar University College was operated in the same building. 

Þekkingarsetur is a non-profit institution founded by 9 members: Blönduós and Húnavatnshreppur municipalities, Landsvirkjun, Hólar University,  the Icelandic Salmon Center, Textile Museum, and Icelandic Textile Center in Blönduós, Farskóli- Distance Learning Center in Sauðárkrókur, and the Association of Local Authorities in Northwest Iceland (SSNV). 

The formal opening was held on November 12, 2012, the 100-year anniversary of the Women's School building. The Ministry of Education and the Cultural Ministry formalized an agreement with Þekkingarsetur at the opening.

The main goal of Þekkingarsetur is to promote education, research, and innovation in northwest Iceland. Þekkingarsetur employees are working in areas of research important to the region: salmon, coastal culture, and textiles. Þekkingarsetur collaborates on distance education services and projects regarding regional development. 

The Icelandic Emigration Center

Kvosin, 565 Hofsós

The Icelandic Emigration Center was founded in 1996 and dedicated to commemorate Icelandic emigrants to North America and to promote connections between their descendants and the people of Iceland. The Center now offers four exhibits in three separate buildings, as well as a genealogical information service and library facilities.

East Iceland Emigration Center

Hafnarbyggð 4, 690 Vopnafjörður

The East Iceland Emigration Center is located at Kaupvangur Cultural Center.

The East Iceland Emigration Center is an organization of volunteers interested in re-establishing contact with the descendants of the people who left East and Northeast Iceland (primarily Vopnafjörður, North- and South-Múlasýsla, Þistilfjörður) after the eruption of Askja in 1875.

Genealogical services are offered where people get helped with searching for relatives and seek connections to the present. Assistance is also offered in preparing a visit to Iceland where people can meet their relatives here and get to their ancestral sites.

Every year, Western Icelanders from Canada and the United States - sometimes even from Brazil - come to Vopnafjörður and other places in Austurland. People get the feeling that they are returning home. Standing in their area of origin, they look at the environment, mountains, rivers, and lakes, often with tears in their eyes. People either come alone or in small groups, generally well-informed and often with family history, genealogies, and family photos in their possession.

Opening hours:
Monday and Thursday: 10-17
Other times: We will gladly meet visitors upon request

This summer’s exhibit: “Sails, Rails, Rivers and Trails” - “Sigld, gengið, riðið og rúllað í lest” is  open from May 25 until the end of August. The subject is the journey of the emigrants - how did they get from Iceland to North America, not to mention Brazil? Visitors are invited to experience this journey for themselves - in the form of images and text focusing on the ships, the trains, even larger ships over the Atlantic, and again the trains, wagons and even by walking as they made their way to Curitiba, Utah, Minnesota, North Dakota, Manitoba and north to New Iceland. 

Deiglan

Kaupvangsstræti 23 / Grófargil, 600 Akureyri

Deiglan is a multi-purpose exhibition space, ideal for art and music run by The Gil Society. The facilities used to belong to the old dairy factories as well as most of the buildings in the Art Street. We also run an artist residency, a studio and apartment in the same building where international artists get a chance to work and exhibit in Deiglan. 

Possible events include art exhibitions, performances, concerts and markets.
Opening hours vary depending on events, please visit our website for more information.

The Arctic Fox Center

Eyrardalur 4, 420 Súðavík

The Arctic Fox Centre is a non-profit research and exhibition center, focusing on the arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) - the only native terrestrial mammal in Iceland.

The Arctic Fox Centre was established on September 15th 2007 in Sudavik Westfjords. Founders were 42, mostly local people, tourist operators and municipalities in the Westfjords. All of which share their interest in the arctic foxes and believe in increasing ecotourism in Iceland. The idea of the Arctic Fox Centre comes from prof. Pall Hersteinsson, University of Iceland and he serves as a quality witness for the center.

The long term aim is to collect all available knowledge and material relevant to the arctic fox in past and presence. 

We house an exhibition focusing on educating material: 

  • About biology and history of the arctic foxes as a species.
  • About the war that has been waged between the man and the arctic fox, since the early settlement of humans in Iceland (1100 years).
  • About the status and specialities of the Arctic Foxes in Iceland and other regions of its distributional range.
  • About fox hunting as the oldest paid operation in Iceland, methods and materials, stories and descriptions.
  • About fox farming activities and it´s consequences for the wild population throughout the decades.

We emphasize on:

  • Participate in and promote research programs on Icelandic arctic fox populations, in collaboration with academic and research centers.
  • Participate in developing sustainable wildlife torism in Iceland, in collaboration with the authorities and other interested parties.
  • Stimulate development and manufacturing on handicraft and souvenirs, specialized for The Arctic Fox Center.

Open:

  • May 15 - Sept 30: 10:00-18:00
  • Oct 01 - May 14: Upon request

Hljómahöll Conference Center

Hjallavegur 2, 260 Reykjanesbær

Hljómahöll is a cultural and conference center in Reykjanesbær. An important forum has been created for conferences, meetings and all kinds of cultural events. The historical community house Stapi is a part of Hljómahöll which is still in full use. The Icelandic Museum of Rock ‘n’ Roll is a big part of the house (Hljómahöll) and is a great attraction for tourists all over the world who want to learn about the history of pop and rock in Iceland. The museum offers various ways to learn about this remarkable history; documentary films, music, souvenirs, an app and guests can actively involve them selves by trying out f.ex. drums, bass and guitars. In Hljómahöllin the Music School in Reykjanesbær has a new and great space for teaching and learning. With the advent of Hljómahöll we hope to see more possibilities for cultural and creative work in Reykjanes.

Halls

Hljómahöll’s halls are great for various occasions, such as conferences, meetings, dance’s, birthdays, annuals, receptions after funerals etc. Please send us an e-mail and we will answer all hall related questions.

Kakalaskáli

Kringlumýri, 560 Varmahlíð

Only 5 minutes drive from the ring road.

History and Art Exhibition about the turmoils of 13th century Iceland: The exhibition gives insight into the tumultuous 13th century Iceland, focusing on the story of the Sturlungar clan chieftain Thordur kakali. The art exhibition is the fruit of on-site work by 14 artists from 10 countries, uniquely portraying the events of the era. Audio guides are available in several languages.

The Staging of the Battle of Haugsnes (The Stone Army) - large scale outdoor installation: The bloodiest battle in the history of Iceland is undoubtedly the Battle of Haugsnes, April 19th 1246, which claimed 111 lives. The battle occurred during times of great turmoil in 13th century Iceland, as told by the Sturlunga Saga. The owner of Kakalaskáli and history enthusiast, Sigurður Hansen, has arranged 1320 rocks, a total of 600 tons, each representing a warrior on the fateful morning of the battle, moments before the two feuding clans clashed. Those who died in battle and the following days are marked wiht crosses.

María's Workshop and Antiques Shop: Situated at Kakalaskáli and open during the same hours.

Open Daily from June 1st. - August 31st. Hrs: 13-17 except on Mondays. Other times open by appointment.

Please call +354 670-8822 for further information.

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre

Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavík

Harpa - Reykjavík's latest landmark

Harpa opened its doors in May 2011 and is home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera. Harpa also hosts a wide range of concerts, spanning all musical genres, and numerous events, meetings and conferences.

Harpa’s glass façade is designed by renowned artist Olafur Eliasson, in cooperation with Henning Larsen Architects. The design is based on a geometric principle, realised in two and three dimensions. Reminiscent of the crystallised basalt columns commonly found in Iceland, the southern facades create kaleidoscopic reflections of the city and the striking surrounding landscape.

Opening hours:

Winter (October 1 - May 31) 
10:00 – 22:00

Summer (June 1 –  September 30)
09:00 – 22:00

Akranes Folk Museum

Garðaholt 3, 300 Akranes

At the Akranes Folk Museum, you can learn about the history of Akranes and its surroundings. The museum was founded and opened in the year 1959 and can be found at Garðaholt 3.

Opening hours:

Summer: May 15th - September 15th: every day from 10:00-17:00

Winter: September 16th - May 14th: upon request for groups


Vestmannaeyjar Museum

Ráðhúsatröð, 900 Vestmannaeyjar

Hours of Operation: Summer: May 1st-Sept. 30th Daily 10.00-17.00 Winter: Oct.1st-April 30th Sat. 13.00-16.00 Admittance fee: ISK 1.000 kr
Admission: Free

Caves of Hella

Ægissíða 4, 851 Hella

Twelve man-made caves have been discovered on the land of Ægissíða by Hella on the South Coast of Iceland. Four of them have been open to the public. The historical site is Iceland's oldest still standing archaeological remains. Some believe the caves to date even further back than the settlement of the Nordic Vikings.  

The wonders of the Caves of Hella include ancient crosses, wall carvings, and carved seats.

Mystery surrounds the caves and for centuries people have wondered:

  • Are the caves the handiwork of the Celts?
  • Were the caves a place of ancient worship?

Caves of Hella offer a great opportunity to explore these historic caves in Iceland. Join us to discover the secrets they hold and experience the magical Underworld of the South.

The Caves are located right next to Route 1 (the Ring Road), an approximately hour drive from Reykjavik. 

Folk Music Center

Norðurgata 1, 580 Siglufjörður

The Folk Music Centre brings Icelandic folk music to life. People from all over Iceland can be seen singing folk songs, playing traditional instru­ments and performing folk dances.

The Folk Music Center is situated in the house of Rev. Bjarni Thorsteins­ son, who’s famous collection of Icelandic folk songs, from the end of the 19th century, was published in 1906.

Admission: ISK 800. Or combined ticket with The Herring Museum ISK 1.400/800

Opening hours

June 1st - August 31st:  12 am - 6 pm

September - May: By arrangement
Please call 467-2300 during summer time, 863-0228 during winter time

Fræðasetur um forystufé

Svalbarð, 681 Þórshöfn

The Leader Sheep Centre in Þistilfjörður North-Iceland is unique. It is impossible to find a similar museum as Iceland is the only country in the world where Leader Sheep exists. You find collections of pictures, stories, and information about the Leader Sheep.

Besides information, we run a small shop with handmade goods produced from wool, horns, bones, and skins of the Leader Sheep. The Leader Sheep Center has received an award from the Farmers Association for use of wool, skins, and horns.

"If you wear clothes made of wool of Leader Sheep then you always find your way.”

We have a small Café where we serve a special blend of coffee and good cakes.

One art exhibition is here every summer in our small gallery and is booked next consecutive 10 years.

We run small and cozy guesthouse, THISTLE GUESTHOUSE, with 12 beds. There is a kitchen available and all the other needed facilities.

Open from 11am to 6pm, July-Agust and by appointment in other months.

Cafe Dunhagi

Sveinseyri, 460 Tálknafjörður

Cafe Dunhagi is a restaurant specializes in local cuisine. Fresh local fish, Icelandic lamb, vegetarian specials and homemade breads and desserts to die for. We use local herbs and spices from the fjord and serve a wonderful selection of wine and beer for your pleasure.

A place of story telling. I have put together a wonderful collection of old photographs of the people that settled this beautiful fjord. The photos tell a remarkable story of survival, adverse conditions and a colorful culture that has shaped Iceland to what it is today.

The Cafe is located in one of the oldest buildings in the fjord. When you walk through the door you'll take a step into the past. You can browse the collection of historic photos assembled by the native owner while dining on local cuisine in the warm and cozy interior.
Aside from her skills as a chef, the owner is known for her atmospheric music as well as her knack for storytelling. In the summer months, you can take in Icelandic culture at Dunhagi´s weekly events, which include author readings, concerts, and plays.

Our goal; To create a memorable event for our customers in a place where you can enjoy thoughtful food, beautiful wines while being surrounded by untouched nature and unprecedented bird colonies a footstep away.

Hotel Leirubakki

Landsveit, 851 Hella

Leirubakki is an old manor farm in South Iceland, only 100 kilometres from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. Today the farm boasts a new hotel and an outstanding restaurant, in addition to facilities for meetings and conferences.  It is also an information centre for tourists and hosts the Hekla Centre, where one can enjoy an innovative and stylish exhibition on Iceland’s most famous and active volcano, Hekla.

Hekla is a massive, lofty mountain, 1,491 metres high, towering over the district to which Leirubakki belongs.

Leirubakki also has a camping ground and horse rentals, arranging horseback-riding trips lasting from one hour up to many days.  It is possible to purchase fishing permits at Leirubakki: the farm is located on the Ytri Rangá river, one of the main salmon rivers in Iceland, where over 14,000 salmon are caught each summer.

A wide variety of other services are available for purchase at Leirubakki, and the staff of Hotel Leirubakki can readily make additional arrangements depending on the needs and wishes of one and all.

Camping site is open from May until the end of September.

 

 

Æðarsetur Íslands

Frúarstígur 6, 340 Stykkishólmur

The Icelandic Eider Center is a modern museum and knowledge center which invites visitors to learn about the eider duck and the fascinating methods of eiderdown farming in the past and present.  Located in the town of Stykkishólmur on Breiðafjörður bay, home of large Eider duck breeding grounds and the most extensive eider farming world wide. You can enjoy a hot cup of coffee while visiting. 

Opening hours:
Summer: daily 13:00-17:00
Winter: open for groups upon agreement. Please book in advance.

Tjarnarborg Cultural House

Aðalgata 13, 625 Ólafsfjörður

Njál's Saga Centre

Hlíðarvegur 14, 860 Hvolsvöllur

The Saga Centre is a pioneer of historical and cultural tourism in Iceland. Unique Njal´s Saga Exhibition in several languages, Art Gallerí, Saga Hall - replica of an old Viking Hall with historical refreshments, Model of Thingvellir AD 1000, Co-Op Museum, Njal´s Saga Tapestry in progress (everybody can take part) and an elegant Souvenir Shop with local Art and learned books. Viking-costumes and weapons for kids to play with. Guided tours around Njal´s Saga region avilable.

 



The Earth Quake Center

Akurgerði 4-6, 670 Kópasker

The exhibition is closed in summer 2021 due to constructions. 

An exhibition about THE KÓPASKER EARTHQUAKE that took place 13th of January 1976. At that time 90 inhabitants of 130 were evacuated during a heavy snowstorm. The exhibition consists of pictures from the evacuation plus information about the geology of the area and information about volcanic eruptions in the North East.

Opening hours:Week days:Saturdays:Sundays:June 1st - August 31st:13:00-17:0013:00-17:0013:00-17:00Alson open on request, please contact: +354-845-2454.

The White-Tailed Eagle Centre

Gamla kaupfélagshúsið, Króksfjarðarnesi, 380 Reykhólahreppur

A museum showcasing the life of eagles in Iceland.

Herhusid - Artist in residence

Norðurgata 7b, 580 Siglufjörður

The Herhús, artist-in-residence home and workshop, opened in 2005. Located in the centre of Siglufjordur next to all services, the artist’s residence is open to both Icelandic and foreign artists. Herhús is currently seeking applicants who are working in visual arts, writing, poetry, music and other artistic endeavours.

The artist’s residence is a 2-level house with a 70 square metre (750 sq ft) workshop on the main floor and a bright, furnished studio appartment in the upstairs loft. The workshop has 4 metre (10 ft) ceilings, hardwood floors, an industrial sink, an easel, 3 working tables and a sofa. The bathroom and shower are located on the main floor. The studio appartment contains two beds, chairs, a table and stools. The kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, microwave oven and two hotplates. The house is wireless ADSL enabled

Ullarselið - Wool Centre

Hvanneyri, 311 Borgarnes

Ullarselið is a store set up by individuals interested in the utilisation of wool and other natural Icelandic material. The new and old ways of handling this material are used, especially techniques of processing wool by hand. The shop selection places emphasis on a variety of hand-made items, e.g. articles which have been combed, spun, knitted, matted, woven, and check-woven.

Opening hours from 15th May - 15th September: 11:00-17:00

During winter the Wool Hut is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 13:00 to 17:00.

Breiðdalssetur

Gamla Kaupfélagið, 760 Breiðdalsvík

The centre features an exhibition on the geology of Iceland and its manifestations in East Iceland. It also includes rooms dedicated to the legacy of scientists George Walker and Stefán Einarsson.

Walker was one of the 20th century's most prominent volcanologists. He conducted trailblazing research on the geological history of East Iceland, mapped ancient volcanoes (including the Breiðdalur Central Volcano) and gathered evidence that supported the then-new theory of plate tectonics. The linguist Stefán Einarsson, a native of the Breiðdalur valley, was a professor of linguistics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, USA. He was a productive scholar across many disciplines, particularly phonetics and literature, and most likely no one has ever introduced Iceland and Icelandic literature as thoroughly to the English-speaking world.

Opening hours of the exhibition during summer (June 1st to August 31st):

Sunday - Thursday from 12:00 - 16:00

Closed Fridays and Saturdays. Entry is free of charge.

Opening hours of the exhibition during winter (September 1st - May 31st)

Tuesday - Thursday from 14:00-16:00

Groups can arrange to visit outside of regular opening hours. Please contact mariahg@hi.is.

Sláturhúsið

Kaupvangur 7, 700 Egilsstaðir

The Center for Art and Culture in Fljotsdalsherad (MMF) is located in Slaturhusid, Egilsstadir. As a Center for Performing Arts we are inspired every day to create, share, teach, excite and perform for our community. Although performing arts are our main focus we also host art exhibitions.

Director of MMF is Ragnhildur Asvaldsdottir

The Settlement Center in Borgarnes

Brákarbraut 13-15, 310 Borgarnes

Offering a wealth of information, the Settlement Center provides a wonderful insight into Iceland’s history. It also gives you the chance to put your visit into the context of the country’s past. The exhibitions recreate the fascinating drama of the sagas and the birth of this island nation. They also bring to life one of Iceland’s most important cultural treasures, Egils Saga.


 

The Icelandic Sea Monster Museum

Strandgata 7, 465 Bíldudalur

Tales of sea monsters have played a colourful role in Icelandic folk culture for centuries, and several written accounts of them can be found all around the country. Today, these elusive creatures have been given a worthy home at the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum, located in the village of Bildudalur on the shores of Arnarfjörður fjord, said to be one of the most prolific centres of monster activity in the country.

Visitors to the Sea Monster Museum watch these remarkable creatures brought to life through a lively mix of words, images and videos, an action-packed multimedia display that culminates in a spectacular interactive plinth, the first of its kind in Iceland.

First-hand accounts from eye-witnesses are joined on-screen by academic theories on the nature of sea monsters, while a variety of relics and artefacts relating to this mysterious branch of zoology appear throughout the museum as tangible evidence for their existence.

And to feed monster appetites, the museum cafeteria offers a range of light refreshments and snacks.

 

Cultural Center - Langabúð

Búð I, 765 Djúpivogur

Langabúð cafe is located in the oldest building in Djupivogur, dating back to 1790. The cafe offers a wide variety of homemade goods such as soups, bread with salmon and smoked lamb, cappuccino, espresso, latte, and delicious cakes. The menu has a variety of vegan and gluten free choices. You can also try out a selection of Icelandic beers and spirits.

Langabúð is Djupivogur's cultural center, housing museums and exhibitions, and is the corner stone in the town's culture. The museums exhibit the life and work of Rikardur Jonsson, a sculptor and artist, and a memorial of the politician Eysteinn Jonsson and his wife, Solveig Eyjolfsdottir. The building's loft houses a heritage museum.

The cafe offers a wide variety of homemade goods such as soups, bread with salmon and smoked lamb, cappuccino, espresso, latte, and delicious cakes. The menu has a variety of vegan and gluten free choices. You can also try out a selection of Icelandic beers and spirits.

Hours of Operation: 
Summer: May 15th – September 15th, Every day: 11:00-18:00 Winter: Please contact us for opening hours. 
Admission: ISK 500

Folk Museum in Garður

Skagabraut 100, 250 Suðurnesjabær

The municipal museum in Garðskagi is located in a natural paradise, which blends the beauty of the landscape with its rich animal and birdlife.

The museum was first opened in November 1995 in the old processing houses in Garður. The museum has both a Folk and Maritime Museum. It has an outstanding engine collection of Guðni Ingimundarson. There are over 60 engines on display and almost every one of them is functional. Many important items from the municipal history of Garður are located in the museum, items which were essential for the livelihood on both land and sea The Museum is a great point of interest for visitors as it tells the story of how fishing developed and the history of the people who lived and worked in the community. A restaurant and camping site with facilities is on-site and if you are lucky you might see dolphins and whales near the shore from the terrace of the restaurant.

Summer opening is 10-17 From the 1st May - 30. Sept.

From October the Museum can be booked for groups.

Icelandic Horse Farm Lýtingsstaðir

Lýtingsstaðir, 560 Varmahlíð

Our holiday and horse-breeding farm Lýtingsstaðir, is situated in the North of Iceland in Skagafjörður. Just 20km away from road#1 you will find our peaceful farm where we share our home with the Icelandic horse.
Whether you want to spend a whole day riding or just 2 hours, we have flexible options to suit you.
We offer shorter and longer riding tours and treks, riding holidays on the farm and horse rental for a short visit, suiting beginners and experienced riders.
Find our options and detailed information about tours and treks on our website.
We have three wooden cottages for self-catering to rent.
In each of our cozy cottages you will find a well-equipped kitchen, en-suite, TV with DVD player, deck furniture and a coal BBQ. Each cottage is ideal for a family and can fit up to 5/6 people.
You´ll be at the heart of Iceland´s nature; take a ride or walk, watch horses, sheep and other animals. Relax to the sound of the horses hoof and explore the valleys and breathtaking mountains.
Lýtingsstaðir is a fully licensed riding holiday company, operating since the year 2000, welcoming you with a warn hospitality and a personal atmosphere.

The Old Stable

Inspired by the long history of the farm, a horse stable and a storage room were built in 2015. The two gabled houses combine turf, stones and wood, and they are masterpieces of traditional, even if nowadays very rare, Icelandic craftsmanship. We want to tell visitors how horses were kept on farms in the old days, and we have a display featuring old tools, tack and other items connected with horses and farming.
Opening time
The stable is open daily from May to September, other times of year on request. Entrance fee for adults, free entry for children under 12.
Horses&Heritage
Step inside the OLD STABLE and make even more of our popular presentation of Horses & Heritage! The program runs every Tuesday evening in the summer, on request all year round for groups and as a guided day tour from Akureyri, see www.ttv.is
Please contact for prices and booking information.

Katla Visitor Center

Víkurbraut 28, 870 Vík

 In the old heart of Vík, you will find the historical Brydebúð building, housing Katla Visitor Center. 

Encounter the geology of Katla UNESCO Global Geopark in the Katla exhibition. Feel the various textures of local minerals including volcanic ash dating back to 1860; and learn about volcanic eruptions in the infamous Katla volcano. 

Discover the history of shipwrecks and disasters on the black beaches of South Iceland and get to know the lucky ship Skaftfellingur at Hafnleysa Maritime Museum. Put yourselves in the shoes of fishermen fighting the waves of the harborless south coast. 

Learn how best to experience Vík and Mýrdalur region at our information center. Shop local produce and explore Vík by participating in the Vík Treasure Quest or tour the brand new Vík Culture Walk. Maps of the area with all its exciting outdoor opportunities are available here!

The Old bookstore Flateyri

Hafnarstræti 3-5, 425 Flateyri

The Old Bookstore in Flateyri is the oldest original store in Iceland, fourth generation family business since 1914. In this uniq store you will find all of the best products and books from the Westfjords, combined with high quality products from brands that are at least 100 years old from all around the world. 

At the Bookstore you will also find the merchant apartment of the founder of the Bookstore. Nothing has been change since 1950, when Jón, the founder of the Bookstore past away. – It is a truly an unforgettable experience to take a step into the past, by visiting the old apartment in the Old Bookstore.

But if you truly want to experience the real history of the Old Bookstore and the family you can stay at their home, above the Old bookstore. 

Website
Booking

Skaftfell Center for Visual Art

Austurvegur 42, 710 Seyðisfjörður

Skaftfell Center for Visual Art was founded in the year 1998 by a group of art enthusiasts, the Skaftfell Group. The Skaftfell Group was formed by friends of the artist Dieter Roth (1930-1998) who had regularly spent time in Seyðisfjörður during the last decade of his life in Seyðisfjörður and had a strong influence on the town´s artistic life. 

The art center is situated in Austurvegur 42 in Seyðisfjörður, in a grand house built in 1907, which was donated to the Skaftfell Group by Garðar Eymundsson and Karólína Þorsteinsdóttir. Today the building contains the Skaftfell gallery and bookshop on the middle floor, an artist residency apartment on the top floor, and the Skaftfell Bistro and library on the ground floor.

Skaftfell´s role is to present, discuss and encourage the development of contemporary art. The art center is an importan meeting point for artists and locals, and its activities involve exhibitions and events throughout the year, an international artist residency program and an art education program. Skaftfell is also the guardian of a minuscule house in Seyðisfjörður, Geirahús, previously owned by the local naive artist Ásgeir Emilsson (1931-1999). Now a tiny museum, Geirahús can be visited by appointment. Another artwork to visit is Tvísöngur , a sound sculpture on the hills of the fjord, developed by Lukas Kühne with Skaftfell in 2012. 

In 2013 Skaftfell received the Icelandic Eyrarrósin award for outstanding cultural leadership in a rural area.

For opening hours please visit our website skaftfell.is  

For more information please contact us: skaftfell@skaftfell.is 

Hólar Travel Service

Hjaltadalur, 551 Sauðárkrókur

Hólar is a popular destination thanks to its many attractions, notably  the beautiful nature and its important role in Iceland's history. Hólar is surrounded by scenic mountains and stands on the edge of Hólar forest. There are plenty of long and short hiking trails for everyone to enjoy.

Accommodation at Hólar:
Various accommodation options meet various needs:
- Apartments with bedroom, living room, private bathroom. 2  persons. Made up beds.
- Cottages with bedroom and private bathroom. 2-3 persons. Made up beds.
- Cottages with 2-6 bedrooms and shared bathroom. 2-12 persons.  Made up beds.
- Sleeping bag accommodation.

 Please contact for prices and booking information.  Dogs are allowed on the camping ground.

Icelandic Poetry Center

Túngata 5, 580 Siglufjörður

Summer opening, 14-18 everyday. Free entrance.

The Icelandic Museum of Rock ´n´ Roll

Hjallavegur 2, 260 Reykjanesbær

The Icelandic Museum of Rock ‘n’ Roll (Rokksafn Íslands) is a new museum about the history of popular music in Iceland. The museum was opened in 2014 and is located in Keflavik in Reykjanesbær, only a 5-minute drive away from Keflavik International airport.

The museum’s main attraction is a timeline of Iceland’s popular music history. Visitors who would like to dive deeper into the history can get an iPad guided tour to read more and listen to the music throughout Iceland’s history. Other attractions include the very popular sound lab where guests can try instruments such as an electric drum kit, electric guitar and electric bass. There’s also a karaoke singing booth where guests have the possibility to sing and record video of the themselves and send it directly to their email address or social media. Guests can also visit the museums’ cinema where documentaries about Icelandic music run all day long, try out interactive solutions to dive deeper into the history of featured artists such as Björk, Sigur Rós, Of Monsters and Men, Kaleo and many more, get an insight into what it is like to be an audio engineer on a mixing desk that features Icelandic music and visit the gift shop where there are books, DVD, CD’s and LP’s with Icelandic music along with various museum merchandise. At the museum guests can sit down, listen to the music and have a cup of coffee... or tea... or hot chocolate, whichever sounds good. The museum café offers coffee from Kaffitár which is a local roasterie, specializing in importing, roasting and serving the finest Arabica coffee beans.

The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll is for everyone. For those who love Icelandic music and those who want to discover Icelandic Music.  

Children find the sound lab particularly interesting along with the interactive parts of the museum.

The museum is open daily all year round except for New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Opening times are 11am-6pm daily.

“The Icelandic Museum of Rock ‘n’ Roll is as eccentric in its telling as the tale it celebrates.” David Fricke, Rolling Stone. 

 

Bakkastofa Culture Center

Eyrargata 32, 820 Eyrarbakki

Icelandic Culture Center Bakkastofa welcomes guests with stories and music, where the history and culture of the nation is in focus.

Short video introduction about us :)  

Culture Houses of Kópavogur

Hamraborg 4-6, 200 Kópavogur

Saltport

Keflavíkurgata 1, 360 Hellissandur

 Saltport is a house of art.

Outvert Art Space

Aðalstræti 22 , 400 Ísafjörður

 Outvert Art Space is a non-profit organization and a dynamic, contemporary cultural arts space where varied
perspectives and issues are explored through visual arts, music, performance and other forms of media.

Outvert Art Space (Gallerí Úthverfa) was founded in 2013 by Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir and Gunnar Jónsson, and collaborates closely with ArtsIceland programs.

ArtsIceland and Outvert Art Space are particularly interested in helping artists and curators achieve projects that have significant cultural impact but would be impossible to realize in a traditional gallery or museum setting. 

Opening hours: Thursday - Saturday 4 – 6 pm and by appointment.  

 Outvert Art Space is supported by the Westfjord Cultural Fund & the Municipality of Ísafjörður.  

The Icelandic Seal Center

Strandgötu 2 v/Hvammstangahöfn, 530 Hvammstangi

The Icelandic Seal Center in Hvammstangi is a research and exhibition center investigating and detailing the lives of seals found in and around Iceland and also the Tourist Information Center for Húnaþing-vestra, Iceland's number one seal and wildlife watching destination.

In the center you will learn about the different species of seals found along the shores of Iceland, their lives and habits and how to distinguish them apart from one another when you are out on a self or guided seal watching tour. You will also find information on the wildlife of the area, including the notorious Arctic Fox, Eider Duck, famous Puffins, Whales and the abundant sea and inland bird life of the area.
You can watch our scientists at work in our lab, learn about the research that is being done on seals and even help us by collecting data on your travels around the area!
Finally in our "Seal Cinema" you can watch a documentary on the seals found in Iceland and specifaclly in the area around The Icelandic Seal Center

From the Tourist Information Center you will be advised of the best ways and locations to see seals and other wildlife in their natural environment around the beautiful Vatnsnes peninsula and Húnaþing-vestra, as well as information on the other amazing sights, including the famous 15m giant troll Hvítserkur, turned to stone just meters from the coast, the beautiful Kólafossar waterfalls and canyon and Bjarg the birth and burial place of Grettir The Strong, strongest of all the vikings! You will also find details of all the hiking, riding and horse trails in the region and the plentiful accommodations where you can spend the night. 

 

Thingvellir National park

Þingvellir, 806 Selfoss

At the campground there are WC´s, showers, washing machines and a outside grill. In the service centre visitors can pay for camping and fishing permit and seek further information about the area.
There is a small cafeteria which services soup, sandwiches and pizza.

Summer opening hours (June-August):
09:00-20:00

Winter opening hours (September - May):
Information desk: 09:00-16:00
Store and Service Centre at Leirar: 09:00-18:00

Vakinn

Skriðuklaustur, Centre of culture & history

Skriðuklaustur, 701 Egilsstaðir

Skriðuklaustur is the former home of the famous author Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889-1975). Since 2000 it has been open as a centre of culture & history with various activities and exhibitions. It houses a museum about the author with personal guidance about his life and career as well as the adventure of building a mansion in Fljotsdalur valley in 1939.

The house itself is one of Iceland’s most treasured buildings, donated to the Icelandic nation by the author in 1948. It was designed by the German architect Fritz Höger.

At Skriðuklaustur, you can also have a look at the ruins of a medieval Augustinian monastery from the 16th century which was excavated at the beginning of the 21st century. The ruins are accessible all year round, close to the author's home. The exhibition about medieval life and the excavation can be found in the cultural centre which also houses the restaurant Klausturkaffi. 

Opening hours

April: Open daily 12pm - 4pm
May: Open daily 11am - 5pm
June - August: Open daily 10am - 6pm
September - october 17th: Open daily 12am - 5pm  

 

The Ghost Centre

Hafnargata 9, 825 Stokkseyri

The Ghost Centre is located in the same building as the Icelandic Wonders museum. It features all of Iceland’s most famous ghosts. Ghost appearances are frequently mentioned in the sagas, dating back to the beginning of Icelandic history.  Ghosts can appear in all living shapes or forms and some of these are still around today. Upon entry, guests are provided with an Ipod to guide them through the 24 ghost stories. Guests walk through the ghost-maze, where they will experience the stories in the environment where the spooky tales actually happened. The stories can be listened to in Chinese,  English, German, French, Scandinavian, Japanese, Russian and Icelandic. In the reception area guests will find our Ghost Bar with drinks and a fabulous view of the ocean.

In the Ghost Bar guests are joined by a few ghosts, one of which, the Brennivínsdrauginn (alcohol ghost), sits in a corner watching over guests while they visit. This ghost is quite kind, of Danish blood, and likes the taste of liquor.


Information about opening hours on the Ghost Centre webpage.

The Culture House

Eyrartún, 400 Ísafjörður

Skalholt Cathedral

Skálholt, 806 Selfoss

Skálholt is one of Iceland's most historical places. For over 700 years it was the scene of the most dramatic events which shaped the political, spiritual, and cultural life in Iceland.

Skálholt Cathedral was built in 1963 is the 10th cathedral on the very site, the first one was built in 1056. It is known for its stylish architecture, the beautiful altarpiece, and the spectacular glass-stained windows. The tomb of bishops, a museum of historical artifacts, and a mysterious underground tunnel is situated in the cellar of the church. 

Guided tours are offered for groups of 10 or more for a moderate fee.  

Skálholt Cathedral is open from 9:00 - 17:00 every day. 

Location:
Skálholt is located about 1 hour from Reykjavík and is part of the Golden Circle Route. From Reykjavík take Ring road 1 towards Selfoss town, and drive for around 30 minutes. Before entering the town take road nr 35, drive for about 20 minutes and turn right on road 31. Drive for about 5 minutes and you will see Skálholt on your right-hand side. 

Skálholts early history:
Skálholts early history is traced back to the 11th century when religious disputes were at their sharpest in Iceland. Within two centuries of the settlement of Iceland, the first bishopric was founded at Skálholt in 1056 for South Iceland, and soon a second at Hólar in 1109 for North Iceland.

The man who chose Skálholt as the site of the first Episcopal see in Iceland was Ísleifur (1006 - 1080), son of Gissur the White. Skálholt had earlier been his patrimonial estate and his grandfather, Teitur Ketilbjarnarson, was the first settler there. According to an old account, Skálholt was at that time "the largest town in Iceland". Ísleifur's father, who was a wealthy aristocrat and a redoubtable political figure as well, played a decisive role in the Christianization of Iceland and the future status of the church. He built the first church in Iceland at Skálholt around the year 1000.

In the 12th century bishop, Klængur Þorsteinsson built a great cathedral at Skálholt. It was a sumptuous edifice made of timber shipped from Norway. For centuries Skálholt was the centre of learning and culture in Iceland, a status which lasted up to the Reformation in 1550.

In 1954, a team of archaeologists, while digging up the foundations of the old cathedral, came upon a sarcophagus which was believed to contain the skeleton of Páll Jónsson, one of the most powerful bishops of Skálholt. His sarcophagus, together with a few relics found at the scene, is now on display in an underground vault beneath the new memorial church built during 1956-1963 on the site of the old cathedral. All churches in Scandinavia contributed financially to its construction.

The last Catholic bishop of Iceland, Jón Arason, was executed at Skálholt in 1550, along with his two sons. He had opposed the Reformation imposed upon Iceland by King Christian III of Denmark. Today, a memorial stands at the site of the execution. Arason's Episcopal robes are on display at the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavík. 

Snjafjallasetur Heritage Centre

Dalbær, Snæfjallaströnd, 401 Ísafjörður

The aim of the centre is to collect, categorize and preserve legends, rhymes, pictures and any remains connected to the settlement in the Snæfjallahreppur and Grunnavíkurhreppur parishes by making exhibitions, publishing, making a website and with conferences and various events.

Hours of Operation: Summer: July 12 - August 05

Eiríksstadir - Living Museum

Haukadalur, 371 Búðardalur

Come with us into the 10th century, sit by the fire and experience the past. Learn about the life of the Vikings and rest from the present.

Opening hours:

May 1st - September 30th: 10:00-16:00

Cultural house Berg

Goðabraut, 620 Dalvík

Cultural house Berg is in the town centre of Dalvík. The Public Library is located there and a Coffie House. Art performances, concerts, conferences and cultural tourism also have their place in the house and a multi-purpose hall is availble. Various events are scheduled all year round. Further information at www.dalvikurbyggd.is/berg

Open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00, Saturdays from 13:00 to 16:00, Sundays 12:00-16:00.

The library is open 10:00 to 17:00 (Monday-Friday) and 13:00 to 16:00 on Saturdays.  Closed on Sundays.

Here is our facebook page

Snorrastofa Reykholt

Reykholt, 320 Reykholt í Borgarfirði

Reykholt is one of Iceland's most renowned historical sites where some of the finest works of Old Icelandic literature were written.

Snorrastofa, a cultural - and medieval centre, founded in memory of Snorri Sturluson,and situated in his ancient homestead at Reykholt. Snorrastofa manages various research projects and provides reception and information for travelers, historical exhibitions, guided tours and lectures. Books on history and culture, Icelandic handicraft and souvenirs are available in the shop.

Guest accommodation for scholars and facilities for conferences and gatherings

Concerts in the church of Reykholt. 

Opening hours Weekdays:
Saturdays: Sundays:
May 1st - August 31st:
10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00
1st September - April 30th:
10:00-17:00 Closed Closed
Open on request during winter weekends.


Fjarðabyggð Cultural Center

Dalbraut 2, 730 Reyðarfjörður

Menningarstofa Fjarðabyggðar (Fjardabyggd Cultural Center) was established in 2017, and its role is to support and promote cultural activities in Fjardabyggð. Menningarstofa works with people in cultural life and helps them and encourages good work.

Menningarstofa Fjarðabyggðar is committed to ensuring all residents' access to culture and arts, regardless of residence, origin, and socioeconomic status. Menningarstofa is connected with grassroots organizations in culture, such as amateur theatre companies and choirs, and promotes good access to local housing events. 

Menningarstofa connects theatre, primary and music schools, museums, and other municipal institutions with professionals from creative industries. Menningarstofa works to increase access to innovative learning and work in collaboration with educational directors, sports and leisure representatives, and the Fjardabyggð Museum-Institute. Furthermore, the Menningarstofa encourages creative processes in schools, cultural and leisure activities in Fjardabyggð.

Tónlistarmiðstöð Austurlands is operated by Menningarstofa Fjarðabyggðar. Its Concert Hall, located in Eskifjörður, is very popular for most types of concerts. The music center is well equipped, and the house's soundtrack is excellent, but the design of a building creates visual and acoustic intimacy between performers and concertgoers. The place is also very convenient for various exhibitions, any conference, and meetings. However, the Events of Tónlistarmiðstöð Austurlands are not confined to the hall in Eskifjörður at all, as Menningarstofa Fjarðabyggðar is responsible for music-related events in all of Fjardabyggð.

KVIKAN - House of Culture and Natural Resources

Hafnargata 12a, 240 Grindavík

Kvikan is the cultural house of Grindavík. Diverse cultural activities take place in Kvikan e.g., events, performances, lectures, choir rehearsals and so much more. Kvikan announces its events on its Facebook page.

On the second floor of the building is the exhibition “Saltfish in the history of the nation”. The exhibition should be interesting for foreign tourists, informative for schoolers, and enjoyable for all who want to know about the industry here.

As the 18th century progressed, and deck ships began to replace rowing ships, salted cod became Iceland's main export. Until then, wading and crawling had been the basis of foreign trade. With the advent of trawlers, salted cod processing became an important industry, and salted cod has ever since played a very significant role in the economy's performance. The exhibition takes you through the history of the salted cod and lets you experience the journey of all the stages involved to make and transport the product.

 

Informative:

  • Texts in the exhibition are in both Icelandic and English
  • Coffee and tea (including bathroom fee) – 250 kr.
  • Bathroom fee – 100 kr.
  • No entry fee for the exhibition

 

Opening hours

15. May – 31. August      Every day from 11:00am – 17:00pm

1. September – 14. May Everyday but Sunday from 11:00am – 17:00pm

It is also possible for groups to come outside of opening hours by arangement.