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Hey there, sea enthusiasts and history buffs! Get ready to dive into the captivating world of fishing and maritime culture at the Reykjavik Maritime Museum. Discover the fascinating connection between Iceland and the sea, and how it has shaped the island’s culture and development. Don’t forget to stay tuned to the Blue House Blog for more exciting updates!

Where Is The Maritime Museum?

Nestled in the charming Old Harbour of Reykjavik, this iconic museum occupies a building that was once a fish-freezing store. Since opening its doors to the public in 2005, it has evolved into a captivating hub of knowledge and exhibits. The museum’s mission is to showcase the significant role fishing has played in Iceland’s economy and the profound relationship between the islanders and the sea.

What Can I Find at the Reykjavik Maritime Museum?

The main exhibition that launched the museum, “150 Years of Fisheries,” takes you on a journey through Iceland’s rich fishing history. Explore a collection of artifacts that provide insights into the country’s deep-rooted connection with the fish-based industry. You’ll come away feeling enlightened and, dare we say, sophisticated after absorbing all that captivating knowledge!

For an even more immersive experience, make sure to visit Óðinn, a real coastguard ship docked in the harbor. Although guided tours are temporarily unavailable due to COVID, this ship holds a rich history of towing boats and saving lives at sea. It was even involved in the infamous Cod Wars, a series of conflicts between the Icelandic Coast Guard and the British Royal Navy over fishing rights. Fun fact: A former lieutenant who served on this ship during that time happens to live just a few houses away from the Blue House!

Reykjavík Maritime Museum
Image Courtesy of Reykjavik Museum

One exhibition you won’t want to miss is “Melckmeyt,” which tells the tale of a Dutch ship that wrecked on Flatey Island in the 17th century. Marvel at the salvaged objects from the shipwreck and learn about Iceland’s trade during this period, offering a glimpse into the island’s historical maritime connections.

When Is The Maritime Museum Open?

The museum welcomes visitors every day from 10 AM to 5 PM. It’s an affordable and enriching experience for individuals, families, and friends alike. Admission for adults is 1740 ISK (around 12 €/14$), but if you opt for the boat tour as well, it’ll come to 2,660 ISK. Students enjoy a discounted rate of 1,120 ISK, while children and disabled individuals enter for free. If you’re interested in booking group tours, you can find more information on the museum’s website.

While the Reykjavik Maritime Museum may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s an absolute paradise for history enthusiasts and those with a fascination for all things fish-related. If you have kids, this educational experience and tour of a real ship are simply unmissable!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this museum. Share your impressions and favorite exhibits in the comment section below! And remember, this post was originally published in September 2020 and has been updated to ensure freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.



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