Isafjordur has one of the largest fisheries in Iceland and fishing has always been the main industry. The town was based and established on the fishing industry and so it is only natural that the museum focuses mainly on maritime history. Four 18th century houses have been renovated in Isafjordur and the Isafjordur Maritime Museum is located in one of those houses.
In the museum and the area around it you can find everything concerning fish, the fishing, the industry, old production equipment – everything from a simple fish hook to a ship. You can also see a big part of an accordion collection.
Replica of a Fishing Station
Osvor is replica of an old Icelandic fishing station, from the 19th century. On display are a rowing boat, a crew hut with tools and equipment, a salt house and a drying shed. The curator welcomes guests in a traditional fisherman outfit. A visit to the Maritime Museum is certainly a treat, one that we recommend.
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