Iceland: Skógasafn (The Skógar Museum)

Not only is Skógar the happy home of an amazing waterfall, but it also boasts one of the most interesting and extensive folk museums in Iceland.  Outside, there are many traditional turf houses, some nineteenth-century wooden houses, a wooden church, and some other oddities…


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We found this little mini village and strewn throughout the tiny buildings were sheep bones.  Deep meaning?  Weird coincidence?  No idea.  The kids thought it was pretty neat, though.

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A wooden school-house:

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A nineteenth-century wooden house from Holt:


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A farmhouse with barn attached:


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Lovely old wooden church (the exterior is new, but most of the interior is from various nineteenth-century churches):


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A tiny hydroelectric power plant!


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Inside the main museum are extensive collections of tools, household goods, furnishings, artwork, handcrafts, etc.

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And some old wooden boats.


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And then, across the parking lot, is the museum of transport.  Lots of cars, trucks, and other things that go.

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What a place.  We all found things we really enjoyed, and were ready to climb back in the car and return to our lovely home base in Selfoss for dinner and a good night’s sleep!

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