The Natural History Museum at Bolungarvik provides a comprehensive overview of the bird and mammal life indigenous the Westfjords region. It houses an impressive mineral collection and boasts one of Iceland’s largest taxidermy collections. The collection includes a polar bear that was killed 64 kilometers (40 mi) offshore after drifting from Greenland on pack ice.
The museum, founded in 1998, is located in the centre of Bolungarvík. It has in display a variety of natural items as stuffed land and sea mammals, over 250 stuffed birds. The birds are both Icelandic breeders with their eggs and many vagrants.
Rocks and ravens
There are rocks and minerals mainly from the collection of a local geologist Steinn Emilsson. Some are millions year old pieces of lignite testimonials of the ancient Icelandic forest.
The jaw from the biggest blue whale known to have been caught and thus the biggest animal ever known goes together with a series of poster regarding whale and whaling in Iceland. The display is corporation project between Natural history Museum and Skrúður, the botanical garden in Dyrafjordur.
A new display about raven includes not only a real nest but artifacts and stories telling the relationship between this wonderful bird and the Icelandic culture over the centuries.
Check out our complete guide to the Westfjords.