Skogar Folk Museum

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Skogar Folk Museum Reviews

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Not Worth the Entrance Fee May 14, 2012
Located just north of the Ring Road in Skogar, this museum is a collection of buildings containing Icelandic folk artifacts (farm implements, clothing, photos, artwork, books, etc.) The basement has a bunch of taxidermed, Icelandic animals and busts of dudes' and dudettes' heads...A little creepy really. There are also a few small boats indoors. The main building is laid out on 3 levels and there are a handfull of out-buildings too.

The entrance fee was 1,500ISK each which was a bit steep given the contents. Essentially, it seems like a lot of old stuff mashed together in one spot (which is what I guess a museum is?) The best part for me were the turf-roofed houses located behind the main building. The cafe was closed while we were there, so no food.

The staff were very friendly and left us to just mill around. We spent maybe 30 minutes poking around. The Skogafoss waterfall is walking distance away and is a much more impressive sight...and doesn't cost anything! Sorry, but I wasn't impressed with this museum.
Skogar Folk Museum
Skogar Folk Museum
Skogar Folk Museum
Skogar Folk Museum
Chokk says:
Do they have a bar because that would be a reason to come there
Posted on: May 17, 2012
sarahsan says:
Sorry to hear that you didn´t like it! We stopped by the museum as part of a day trip (entrance fee incl) and enjoyed the visit.

Knowing you Jutta, I believe that you will like it, so don´t delete it from your list!
Posted on: May 17, 2012
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Dr_Seuss Dr_Seuss
216 reviews
Cultural Preservation Jun 29, 2008
An interesting little collection , where most of it has been moved here as it fell to rack and ruin, to preserve what life was like in Iceland years ago.

A lot of it is a collection of houses and stores outside, which you can get into a few, including the school house. Good explanations of the buildings uses, and on the common feature of turfed roofs.

Inside there is an exhibition of old fishing boats, and farming tools, and after you have spent a little time travelling round Iceland makes you appreciate how difficult it would have been.

Big section on communication, and how difficult it was on the island, particularly prior to the main ring road along the south coast be completed only in the 60's. My own favourite was the post van with the snow tracks, a bit like a mechanical pony express where the mail must always get through.

There is also a commemartive sculture outside to mark the 1986 meeting on Iceland between Reagan and Gorbachev that while unsuccessful then, led to a reduction in the amount of nuclear weapons the following year.

Worth checking out for a short while :)
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