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Museums in Reykjanes Peninsula

Reykjanes Peninsula is located in the southwest part of Iceland and although millions of tourists are arriving there every year, the peninsula is not the most visited place.

Few people know what they can visit in the Reykjanes Peninsula apart from the famous Blue Lagoon, but you will find some interesting museums around the peninsula as well as many natural features and beautiful lighthouses to see.

In this blog, you will find the best museums in Reykjanes Peninsula that you should visit after landing or before leaving the country. 

Viking World Museum

As its name says, in this museum, you will discover the Viking World, from its origins. The museum has four exhibitions, each presenting a stage from the evolution of Viking culture in Iceland. 

The exhibitions are: 

“The Icelander (Íslendingur) – Viking Ship” is an exhibition of a replica of the so-called ‘Gokstad ship’ that scientists have dated as being from A.D. 870. This was the time when Iceland was settled so it is believed that it is likely that the settlers were sailing to Iceland in that kind of ship. Find more information on the official website of the museum Viking World.

“Vikings of the North Atlantic” is an exhibition that presents the history of the Vikings that were sailing the North Sea for two centuries beginning with the year a.d. 800. Read the story on the museum’s website Viking World

Photo source: Viking World Museum

“The Settlement of Iceland” exhibition will tell you the story of how Iceland was settled, who were the first settlers, where they came from and where they settled first.

This exhibition will present details about the settlement based on the archaeological findings from Reykjanes Peninsula. More information can be found on the website.

The “Fate of the Gods” exhibition is about Old Norse mythology and myths. Find more here

Viking World Museum is located in Víkingabraut, 260 Njardvik, Iceland and according to their website, it is open Monday to Saturday from 10 to 4 pm and Sunday from 10 to 3 p.m. 

There is also a café where you can enjoy your time. Check their website for updates and ticket information.

Photo source: Viking World Museum

The Icelandic Museum of Rock ’n’ Roll

This museum tells the story of the famous Icelandic musicians The Sugarcubes, Björk, Sigur Rós and Of Monsters and Men. More than that, at The Icelandic Museum of Rock ’n’ Roll “you can walk through the history of Icelandic pop and rock music throughout the years.” 

Check the official website to find more info about opening hours and tickets.

Photo source: The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll

Duus Museum

Located in the heart of the old town and near the marina in Keflavik, Duus Museum is the centre of the art and culture in Reykjanes Peninsula. 

Three buildings house nine galleries of various sizes of the Art Museum and Byggðasafn Reykjanesbær. The buildings of the museum were once used for trading and fish processing.

Check their official website for information about opening hours and ticket prices. 

Photo source: Duus Museum

Listasafn Reykjanesbæjar – Reykjanes Art Museum

Reykjanes Art Museum is located near Duus Museum and it hosts many art exhibitions and art events throughout the year.

On their official website, you will find details about many events and exhibitions, as well as information about opening hours and ticket prices. 

Photo source: Art Museum Reykjanes
Byggðasafnið á Garðskaga – Garður Folk Museum

Byggðasafn Garðskagi is a museum dedicated to the exhibition of machines of all kinds. You will find many kinds of machines that people used back in the day, from radios to machines used for fishing and fish processing.

The museum can be visited both alone or during a guided tour. Find more information about the opening hours and ticket prices on their official website

Photo source: Byggðasafnið á Garðskaga

Reykjanes Peninsula has many hidden gems that you can enjoy and the best part is that it is not as crowded as other places in Iceland so you can enjoy your time there.

Give it a chance when you come to Iceland and you will not be disappointed.

If you want to visit the museums in Reykjanes Peninsula book a self-drive tour.

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