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The Icelandic Herring Era Museum

The Herring Era Museum

Awarded maritime and industrial museum - where the 'glory days' of Iceland's herring fisheries and industry are brought back to life in three different buildings. Róaldsbrakki, a 1907 salting station and bunkhouse. On Saturdays featuring a live outdoor salting show and accordion dance at 15:00. Grána, a 1930s-era fishmeal and oil factory. The Boathouse, the town's thriving harbour of the 1950s with many old fishing boats at the dock. The Herring Era Museum was the winner of the Icelandic Museum Award 2000 and won the European Museum Award 2004, as Europe´s best new museum of industry and technology.

Herring played a huge role in Iceland's development in the 20th century, enabling Icelanders to progress from centuries of poverty towards building a modern society. The sequence of events during the herring era was hugely important for Iceland and its people, and it was generally referred to a an adventure - the herring adventure. Herring towns, large and small, sprang up around every harbor along the north and east coast. Siglufjörður was the largest and most famous of them all. Altough the Nordic herring has long gone, you can clearly see the impact that the dramatic events of the herring years had on the town.

Opening hours:
Spring and autumn: 13 - 17
June, July, August: 10 - 18
Winter: By arrangement

Siglufjörður is only and hour drive from Akureyri!

The Icelandic Herring Era Museum

Snorragata 15

GPS Points N66° 8' 49.585" W18° 54' 49.264"



Opening period All year

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Héðinsfjörður is nearly 6 km long deserted northernmost fjord on the Tröllaskagi area. In the fjord is a good lake to catch fish, Héðinsfjarðarvatn, and the outlet from the Héðinsfjarðarós into the fjord. The next settlement to the west is the town Siglufjörður and to the east is Ólafsfjörður.

Into the fjord lays beautiful valley, 5-6 km long. There is a large trout water, 1.7 square miles in size, that splendor the valley, 3 meters above sea level. There is a water trout and large seafish in water, about 1-5 lbs. The fish walks in the late summer.

A lot of wildlife is in the lake. The story says that the fox, who has visited some hunters unafraid and sought for a small fish. This water is not practiced much, yet it has their fans who seek peace and good fishing. Fishing hut is at the northern end of the lake.

Enough entertainment is on Tröllaskagi and nearest area, whether it is winter or summer, for example; skiing, snowmobile, sea angling, golfing, soccer, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, museums and much more.

No one needs to be bored!

History and Culture
History and Culture
0.79 km
The Herring Museum

The Herring Museum is the largest seafaring and industrial museum in the country. The exhibits tell the tale of hunting and processing these "silver darlings", and are housed in three widely differing premises. At the boathouse, ships and boats lie by the pier, recreating a 1950s harbour atmosphere. In good weather during summer, people can be observed salting the herring; an accordionist provides the music of the day and dancing on the pier completes a day of hard work. In Grána the story of herring meal processing is told - this being an activity which has long been called the first heavy industry in Iceland. A small 1935-40 herring factory has been set up.
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North Iceland

Towns & Villages

Society and the economy have many faces. Whereas agriculture is the mainstay of rural areas, the towns depend upon fishing, industry, trade and a range of services, with each village having its own characteristics though they all prove hospitable hosts. 
The availability of food and accommodation and the possibilities at every location for recreation and entertainment make hopping between the villages informative as well as fun.   
In every case, the residents are lively and ready to celebrate.

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Map Akureyri Hrafnagil Grímsey Raufarhöfn Kópasker Þórshöfn Bakkafjörður Húsavík Mývatn Laugar Svalbarðseyri Grenivík Hjalteyri Hauganes Árskógssandur Dalvík Hrísey Ólafsfjörður Siglufjörður Hofsós Hólar Varmahlíð Sauðárkrókur Skagaströnd Blöndós Hvammstangi Laugarbakki Borðeyri