Iceland: Eyrarbakki

Eyrarbakki was a hugely important fishing town and harbour for the South coast of Iceland for centuries.  Today it is a quiet, quaint, sleepy coastal town with a destination restaurant and two great museums. What’s not to love?!

Our main destination in Eyrarbakki was the Árnesinga Folk Museum:  Húsið.

From Wikipedia:  “The oldest building in the village, Húsið (“The House”), is a Norwegian kit home dating from 1765 and is the oldest preserved timber dwelling house in Iceland. It now houses the regional folk museum.”

We visited this museum and we all enjoyed it very much.  Both inside and out.




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Inside was a variety of exhibits dealing with local life through the past few centuries.

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This was amazing:  knitted from human hair!

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Just outside of the museum:  a playground, of course!

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Next:  the Maritime Museum, covering aspects of fishing, boat-building, and life during the 19th century.

The biggest exhibit is an open fishing boat designed for landing on the flat, sandy shore: Farsaell (fortune).

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Before leaving, we wandered the town a bit. So many beautiful old houses, painted in a lovely variety of colors.


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And in a fun little shop with handmade crafts and handknitted sweaters, we found this little gem for Flora.



We made it home after our jam-packed afternoon just in time for a dinner of pasta bolognese with what I was pretty sure was ground beef.

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It was delicious, whatever it was.  We had a quiet evening and made plans for the morning:  Geysir, Gulfoss, and Þingvellir.

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