Icelandic Emigration Centre

The permanent exhibit at the Icelandic Emigration Centre (Vesturfarasetrið) in Hofsós details Icelandic emigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the fate of settlements from Utah to Brazil. By 1914, 15,000 Icelanders— almost 20% of the population at the time—had left for the "New World".

The centre gives an impression of the lives of these thousands of Icelanders, their reasons for going and the climactic, social and economic situation in Iceland at the time, explored through a combination of photographs, texts and artifacts.

Many of these emigrants’ descendants still return to Hofsós to seek information about their Icelandic ancestors, accessing information found in the centre’s database and library.