Heritage Museum

The East Iceland Heritage Museum takes a lively approach to the preservation of local culture and traditions with spinning and weaving presentations given during the summer months.

The diverse artifact collection includes a restored turf farmhouse and a variety of ’hands-on’ items for guests to truly experience and understand the legacy of the regions’ past. The folk museum also boasts a cafe and a small shop featuring local Icelandic design and craft.

History of everyday life

The East Iceland Heritage Museum is located in the town Egilsstadir. It was founded in 1943, and since then its aim has been to collect and preserve things from the past which represent old ways of life, culture and activity, i.e. the history of the society and everyday life and work of the people in east Iceland, as well as having a special contemporary collection.

The museum offers different exhibitions, focused on what makes the eastern part of Iceland unique and extraordinary. At the moment there are two exhibitions, one about the reindeer, which you can only see in East-Iceland, and the other focuses on the historical old rural community of the region.

Opening hours

June-August:
Monday-Friday: 11:30-19:00
Weekends: 10:30-18:00

September - May
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00-16:00

Entrance fee

Adults (18 years old and older): 1.000 ISK per person.
Children (17 years old and younger): Free.

GPS: 65.262566 N, -14.396389 W