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MARITIME MUSEUM HELLISSANDUR

Region: West Iceland
Coordinates: 64.9263° N 23.8857° W

This museum was established by the Counsil of Seamen of the towns Hellissandur and Rif to preserve the history of fishermen and fishing stations in the area.  Among many interesting artefacts on display are old one stroke engines, the fishermen’s abode Thorvaldarbud, and the oldest still preserved fishing boat, Bliki, an open eight oars’ vessel, built in 1826.  This boat was used for the fisheries until 1965.  The museum also owns the open rowing boat  Olafur Skagfjord, which is going to be displayed soon.  Among other things of interest are a topographical map, boulders, which were used by the fishermen to test their bodily strength and the sculpture “The Glacier People” by sculptor Ragnar Kjartansson.

The westernmost part of the museum grounds is ideal for all kinds of celebrations.  From there a path takes people to a great vantage point with spectacular panoramic view.  This path continues through the Sandahraun lava field to the outdoor sports’ area.

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