Take a walk in one of Iceland’s most unique gardens: a beautiful collection of stones and minerals that show how Iceland was created.
Geologically speaking, the East Fjords are one of the oldest areas in Iceland and have the most diverse rock and mineral variety. This magnificent exhibit of rocks was collected over a lifetime by local resident, Petra Sveinsdottir, and are on display in her house and garden. More than 90% of the minerals and semi-precious stones were found in the surrounding Stodvarfjordur area.
Petra began building her mineral collection when she and her husband bought their house in 1946. Petra had a special talent when it came to locating a beautiful stone. Local people tell stories of when Petra picked up a magnificent mineral from a place where they just had been walking minutes before. Petra compared mineral collecting to hunting or fishing. Petra always believed that the stones belonged to those who live in the wild nature, whoever they might be.
Near the museum is the tiny Café Sunno that sells home-made soup and bread, sandwiches and cookies, along with hot beverages.
The museum is not only an interesting geological exhibit, it also will give you an insight into the local life of East Iceland through one of the area’s most unique residents.
- Entrance to the museum exhibit and garden
- Meals, refreshments, beverages