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Skogasafn, Skogar

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Get a window into the Iceland of the past at Skogasafn. What started as a humble private collection more than half a century ago has developed into a true museum. See historical houses and workshops, a consecrated church, and a schoolhouse. The collection of artifacts includes authentic pieces of furniture, tools, home appliances, handicrafts, and, of course, fishing boats, which have always played an important role in Iceland's economy. The latest addition to the complex, the Museum of Transport, tells the story of communication technology development in Iceland. If you're visiting with a larger group, make a reservation in advance. Add Skogasafn and other attractions to your Skogar trip itinerary using our Skogar itinerary maker.
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  • I am not a museum person by nature, I prefer to be outdoors. This museum was fantastic. They put different styles of houses (old to modern) around the property so you could see how Icelantic people su...  more »
  • Museum very interesting especially in winter. Imagine how life would be rough. The Museum opens at 10: 00 when daylight.
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  • Excellent and well presented museum. My husband and I spent over three hours. multi buildings, over a 1000 years of Iceland history, traditional turf roof buildings, church, old school, three houses, ...  more »
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  • I'm not much for museums but many on the tour group really enjoyed this stop. It has a large collection that tells a full story of Iceland and the local area over the ages. The staff were very knowledgeable and engaging. For myself, I liked the beautiful setting and the sod huts. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Stopped here by accident: end of two week trip around Iceland, going clockwise from Reykjavik, heading back on last day from Vik to Reykjavik. Drawn in by the falls, decided to see if the museum was open (early season, last day in April), and to our amazement, it was! We had the whole museum to ourselves, inside and out! We expected to spend 30 minutes, an hour tops, but we spent 3 1/2 hours here and could have happily spent much longer. There are modern curated exhibits in the big shiny new building which are good at illustrating the recent past in Iceland. Then you drift out to the turf buildings, and you can wander around inside them, getting up close to things and even touching them (I try not to touch things, but sometimes...) The shock is that the insides of the houses belie the rustic character of the exteriors, with brightly painted panelling, cheery patterned upholstered chairs, lovely furnishing, and plenty of books. Really gives a flavor of what life was like for the well-to-do in Iceland. There are much more primitive buildings with workshops, tack rooms, and store rooms to provide a contrast. Once you have finished the turf houses (some call you back for another walk through going in the way you came out), you find that there is another modern building full of "artifacts" from early Icelandic life. This is a collection of bits and bobs that the creator of the collection, Thordur Tomasson, found interesting. These diverse things (he had a wide ranging eye), seem silly at first, but then you realize that it covers the same sort of scope as the different museums at the Smithsonian Institution ranging from animal/mineral (Museum of Natural History), home furnishings (Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum) , and fishing (the formerly named National Museum of History and Technology, now folded into the American History Museum). There is a bit of something from every bit of life, which makes the items feel much more human and immediate. We were on a timeline, which we totally blew, spending so much time happily exploring the different buildings and taking plenty of photos. There is a wonderful fish and chips truck (as of April 2016) on the road to the south leading back to the Ring Road. The food is tasty and fresh, and the people there are friendly. Both the museum and the fish and chips are absolutely recommended!
  • I couldn't resist photographing everything here! Amazing place to visit and capture Icelandic history.
  • There is lots to see, in both the folk museum and the transport museum. It was well worth the two hour drive we took (from just north of Selfoss). There are few buildings to see, but they are interesting, with informative signboards.
  • Great museum. Massive whale rib at the entrance is a taste of things to come