Akureyri Folk Museum

Located in the oldest section of Akureyri, this well designed folk museum hosts two permanent exhibitions representing life in Eyjafjordur Fjord as well the development of the town of Akureyri from 874 until the early 19th century.

Eyjafjordur fjord was among the first areas where settlement began and according to Landnáma, the Book of Settlement, Helgi magri, born in Ireland, was first to settle in the fjord. Helgi magri was a christian but not zealous and he also venerated Thor, as many vikings did.    

There are a number of interesting pieces spanning the range from ancient Viking artifacts to local milk cartons from the 18th century. There are also excellent black and white photograph depicting local residents over the years and a visit to the adjacent church and museum garden for a picnic is highly recommended. The garden adjoining the museum is the first forestation centre in Iceland, dating from 1899. Next door to the museum stands a timber church from Svalbard, an Eyjafjörður farm, originally built in 1846.

The museum is open daily in the summer June 1st to September 15th, between 10:00-17:00. During winter it's only open on Saturdays, same hours.