Icelandic Museums

In addtion to the galleries and museums found in the capital, every region of Iceland has its own rural museums with its own local history and special atmosphere. All are well-worth a visit, giving invaluable insight into Icelandic life and culture, both past and present. Many museums are dedicated to a particular theme, such as fisheries, ghosts, witchcraft, aviation, whales, textiles and handicrafts, theatre props, volcanoes, glaciers, photography, medicine, music, coins, stamps, individual Icelandic authors, electricity, technical matters, hunting, communication, World War II, medieval manuscripts, seals, science, old buildings, horsemanship, rocks and semi-precious stones, and, of course, natural history.

Icelandic artists get their inspiration from nature and the energy of the country as well as its supernatural inhabitants like elves, trolls and hidden people. The conflict of fire and ice are powerful opposites and the vast fields of sand, lava and the great ice-caps so rare in our neighboring countries. The power of the Icelandic nature and the ever-changing light conditions will always stay with Icelanders and their art creation. 
On Randburg you will find a list of Icelandic art galleries, museums and music halls offering a variety of Icleandic music, art and history.

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Bustarfell Folk Museum

 The Bustarfell museum house preserves much history about Iceland and its people. A visit to the Museum at Bustarfell is a journey through the history of farming and changes in lifestyle from the beginning of the 18th century to the mid-20th century.

Laxness Museum

Gljufrasteinn was the home and workplace of Halldor Laxness (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955) and his family for more than half a century. It has now been opened to the public as a museum, unchanged from when Laxness lived there.

Settlement Centre

 Over a thousand years ago, Viking adventurers discovered a large untouched island in the north Atlantic and claimed the land for their own. A rapid period of settlement ensued and thus the Icelandic nation was born.


The Icelandic Emigration Centre at Hofsos opened in 1996 and the scale of its operations has expanded every year since. All sorts of services are offered on site, including a conference room, library and shop. The souvenir shop is situated in the same place as the old co-operative used to be a fitting continuation of the building's trading tradition.