The Árnessinga Folk Museum, also simply known as The House (Húsið) is perhaps the oldest wooden building in Iceland. Built in 1765 as a home for the Danish merchant families that lived in Eyrarbakki, which was then the central trading hub of Iceland, it was passed on to successive generations. When Reykjavik was selected as the capital of Iceland and Eyrarbakki’s trade importance waned, the house was sold and preserved for conservation purposes. Inside The House you can see preserved fragments of life from a bygone age.
Open from 1. May til 30. Sept. every day: 11.00 -18.00
At other times by arrangement.
Tel: +354 483 1504
This museum combines and displays artefacts connected with fishing, industry and the social and cultural development of the 19th century. The main attraction is the 12-oared fishing vessel Farsæll (Fortune), which was built specifically for the challenging conditions of the south coast, including landing on the flat and sandy coastline and the constant beating of the waves upon departing and landing. The museum also boasts of many photographs and a baiting hut from 1925, when the motorised fisheries were booming in Eyrarbakki.
Open Saturdays and Sundays fom 14-17 in April, May, September and October, and from 10-18 daily in June, July and August.
Address: Túngötu 59, 820 Eyrarbakki – Tel.: +354 483 1504
The black sand beach in Eyrarbakki is an ideal place to catch the sunset or to go for a leisurely stroll on a nice day. It is also an ideal place to catch the Northern Lights in wintertime, as there are no streetlights around and the dunes block the light from nearby towns. Past the campground, there is a spot with a log bench just next to the sailing markers, the iconic triangle markers on wooden poles that used to guide sailors through the maze of dangerous shallows into the harbor.
Eyrarbakki church, constructed in 1890, is perhaps the oldest two-story church in Iceland. It has a splendid wooden interior, a pipe organ, and an altarpiece painted by the then-queen of Denmark.
Flói Nature Reserve is an important estuary and marshland on the eastern bank of the Ölfusá. It’s visited by many wetland birds – common species include red-throated divers and various kinds of ducks and geese – most present during nesting season (May to July). There’s a 2km circular hiking trail through the marshes.
Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/iceland/eyrarbakki/sights/parks-gardens/floi-nature-reserve#ixzz3T4EVVNsC
The square, two-staged light tower was built in 1938-1939 and was Iceland’s first lighthouse built of reinforced concrete. The design is a blend of the functionalism and art nouveau styles. The light characteristic is one 3 second long flash every 30 seconds. The lighthouse is located about 5 km (3.1 mi) from the town of Stokkseyri. The site is open to visitors but the tower is closed.
The Ghost Center in Stokkseyri is a ghost museum that features all of Iceland’s most famous ghosts. The third floor of a 1000 square meter building is devoted to the tales of Iceland’s ghosts. The entrance is located on the south side of the building by the harbor.
Upon entry, guests are provided with an mp4 player to guide them through the 24 ghost stories (all told, the tour takes approximately 40 minutes). Guests walk through the ghost-maze, where they will experience the stories in the environment where the spooky tales actually happened. The stories can be listened to in English, German, French, Scandinavian, Japanese, Russian and Icelandic.
Adults: 2.000 ISK
Children 10-16 years old: 1.000 ISK
Children 6-9 years old: 500 ISK*
*Note: The Ghost Center is not recommended for children aged 12 or younger.
Icelandic Wonders is a museum encompassing approximately 1200 square meters that is dedicated to Elves, Trolls and Northern Lights.
Adult: 1.500 ISK
Icelandic Wonders website
A small, outdoor swimming pool with a local and friendly atmosphere. It’s a great place to relax after a long day out. The pool is 18 meters long, has a slide and 2 jacuzzis.
Summer hours: June 1st- August 14th
Monday – Friday 13:00- 21:00
Saturday – Sunday 10:00- 17:00
Winter hours: August 15th – May 31st
Monday – Friday 17:30- 20:30
Saturday – Sunday 10:00- 15:00
tel: 354 – 480-3260
The collection contains a large number of Icelandic mammals and birds as well as mammals from Africa and Greenland, including a shoulder mount of muskox, full mount polar bear, giraffe as well as full mount lions, male and a female.
The museum includes exhibits on hunting rifles and handguns specifically designed for hunting as well as modern, older and antique guns.
Various items associated with hunting and wildlife are on display, including knives, traps, skins, birds and many other items.
– Adults kr. 1.500.-
– Children 6 – 12 yrs kr. 750.-
– Group discounts.