Hnjotur - The Egill Olafsson Museum

The Egill Olafsson Museum at Hnjotur in Orlygshofn preserves local history through a potpourri exhibition of farming and fishing equipment and other unique objects of historical interest collected by the museum’s namesake, Egill Olafsson. Orlygshofn is a short valley ending in rather a large lagoon on the southern side of the bay Patreksfiord. It is named after the first settler of the area, Orlygur the old, son of Hrappur.

The museum displays a unique collection of old items from the Southern Westfjords. The museum shows the history of fishing, farming and everyday life in the area.

Located across the fjord from Patreksfjordur, this charming museum is well worth visiting to gander unusual treasures such as a Russian airplane that was stranded in Iceland in 1993. At the museum is an exhibition about the rescue of the British trawler Dhoon that stranded at Látra­bjarg in 1947. At the museum is an attractive cafeteria and tourist information center.

This museum is among the most interesting in the country and well worth the detour, not to mention extending it all the way to the sheer cliffs of the westernmost point of Europe, Latrabjarg, where you can go bird watching and enjoy the spectacular view from the cliffs.