Folk Museum Of Hunvetninga & Strandamanna

Folk Museum Of Hunvetninga & Strandamanna

We at the Folk museum Byggdasafn Hunvetninga- on Strandamanna welcome you! It was founded fifty years ago and contains a precious collection of rare objects displaying local history and culture. 

The museum is owned by local authorities in the Hunafloi area. On display are a number of old boats and ships, amongst them the famous shark ship Ofeigur from Ofeigsfjorður. 

Oil from the sharks was used to light up streetlamps in Europe before the age of electricity. Inside the museum, we also show the way Icelanders used to live by displaying the living arrangements inside an old house named Sydsti-Hvammur which used to be near Hvammstangi. 

Many spectacular pieces can be found inside the museum from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century. 

Two new exhibitions will be at the museum this summer. One is to commemorate the tragic “Spanish Massacre” from 400 years ago when a number of Basque survivors were killed by Icelanders when their whaling boats sank. 

The other exhibition is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote. 
Handicraft by women will be exhibited in the context of the thoughts of women over the years. 

Opening Hours: May 16th - Aug 31st Daily: 9am–5pm September 1st - May 15th open by agreement, closed in Dec. 

Amenities: Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Museum Shop 
Entrance Fee: Adults ISK 1200 Children 13-16 y.o ISK 500 Free for children under 13