My 2013 Iceland Bucket List: Museums I must visit

Before the weekend I started a new series that I dubbed “My 2013 Iceland Bucket List” where I tell you a little about the things I would like to see and experience in Iceland this year. Previously I told you about a few places I have left to visit and tours I’d like to try but today I focus my energy on museums. If you like museum, you might also enjoy these posts about The National Museum of Iceland and The Settlement Exhibition.

Steinasafn Petru

Picture of Petra Sveinsdóttir, founder of Steinasafn Petru

Image via the museum’s homepage

Petra Sveinsdóttir, who sadly passed away in 2012,  collected rocks and stones for 80 years. At her Mineral Collection museum you can see all of her findings in a house that used to be her family home. The museum in located in Stöðvarfjörður in the east and is visited by thousands each year. Although I like rocks as much as the next person (I always regret not paying more attention when I took geology at school) the story of this lady and her passion for what she loved is what draws me to it. Plus, I’ve never been to Stöðvarfjörður.

Skógar folk museum

Photo of Skógar fólk museum

Image via museum

Skógar folk museum is a cluster of buildings that span everything from traditional turf houses to a transportation museum. It’s a popular pit stop on the south coast route and it doesn’t hurt that it’s next to the amazing Skógarfoss waterfall. It also gives insight into life before smartphones and hybrid cars and as I get older I just appreciate stuff like that more than I used to. I also feel a little bit embarrassed when every tourist I meet has been there while I haven’t.

Hvammstangi Seal Center

A few seals chilling on a beach in Iceland

Image via the Seal Center

Whale watching is a popular activity in Iceland but the whales are not the only interesting sea based mammals you will find around the country. In Hvammstangi you can go visit the Seal Center that will tell you all about the seals that live around Iceland. You can also go on seal watching tours but if you’re not one for the sea you can just take a drive around the Vatnsnes peninsula and try to spot them from the road. I’ve always been fascinated by seals, I think it’s their human-like eyes, so a visit to the seal center would be right up my alley.

The Icelandic Phallological Museum

A photo of some penises in a box

Image via the museum

Last but not least, I have to mention the penis museum here in Reykjavík. If you don’t know what it is, I recommend you check out their website for more information. Its proudest possession is a human specimen which was controversial to say the least when it was added to the collection. I can’t say that I have any special interest in penises per se (no matter how I word this, it will always come out wrong) but it’s just one of those things I have to see. You know, like a car wreck that you can’t take you eyes off. The guy who founded the museum also taught me Spanish years ago and ever since I made the connection I’ve been telling myself I should go, I used to have the excuse that it was in Húsavík (although not really since I visited Húsavík almost every year) but now it’s in a walking distance from my house so I have no more excuses.

That finishes off my list of museums I’d like to visit in 2013. Of course these lists are only based on places I haven’t already been to and I haven’t made a post about ever museum I’ve ever visited so you probably have some interesting suggestions that you think should make this list. Feel free to add them in the comment section.

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One thought on “My 2013 Iceland Bucket List: Museums I must visit”

  1. Jenna says:

    The Museum of the French in Iceland in Faskrudsfjordur was a brilliant part of our trip and the chocolate cake was a lovely bonus!!!

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