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Address: Skogasafn 1 (Museum Way), Skogar 861, Iceland
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+354 487 8845
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09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
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Skogar Museum, in Skogar, Southern Iceland, is a cultural heritage...

Skogar Museum, in Skogar, Southern Iceland, is a cultural heritage collection of 15,000 artifacts exhibited in 3 museums and 6 historical buildings. It's one minute from Skogar Waterfall, just off Ring Road 1. Skogar Museum is open 365 days of the year, and we look forward to your visit! Hours: June, July, August 9:00-18:00, September through May 10:00-17:00. The Folk Museum includes agricultural and fishery tools, boats and maritime gear, textiles and costumes, musical instruments, rare books and manuscripts, natural history, and fascinating Icelandic curiousities. The Open Air Museum includes a traditional turf farmstead, a 19th century gabled farm home, a home crafted from ship wrecked driftwood, a multi denominational church assembled from 16 regional churches, and of course a miniature turf home for elves. The Transport and Communications Museums document technologies transforming rural south coast farmsteads into a network of modern communities, with an exemplary collection of automobiles, trucks, highway machinery, telecommunication, radio, and rescue team equipment used over the last century.

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Skogasafn was one of the stops on our Northern Lights Exploration Tour. If you want to know more about Icelandic life this is the place to visit. There are about 15,000 items in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 April 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

Skogasafn was one of the stops on our Northern Lights Exploration Tour. If you want to know more about Icelandic life this is the place to visit. There are about 15,000 items in the museum and they were collected by a man who started his collection when he was 14 and he is now 94. The curators of the museum... More 

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Brooks W, Museum Guide at Skogasafn, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Loved it. Staff was very friendly, informative and funny. The inside and outside of this museum are both interesting to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

This was a stop on a 10 hour South Coast Tour. Frankly I wasn't expecting much as it is a relatively small museum, but I was wrong ! This Museum has a wonderful collection dedicated to many aspects of Icelandic history and folk life. I particularly enjoyed exploring the sod houses. I wish I could have spent 2-3 hours there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

I went to this place as part of a bus tour and only had 45 minutes there. OMG I could have spent hours. It evidently started by a man that took things folks were going to throw away and that was the beginning of a wonderful history of things in this part of Iceland. That many stopped running the museum... More 

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Brooks W, Researcher & Guide at Skogasafn, responded to this review

Dear Newflyer — thank you for your enthusiastic review — please come again! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

This museum is a combination of a Historical Museum of artifacts of the History of Life in Iceland but also a History of Transportation advancement in Iceland. Also they have the recreation of the Sod houses and life in such houses that were built and used in Iceland a number of years ago. There is also a small cafe in... More 

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Brooks W, Researcher & Guide at Skogasafn, responded to this review

Hi Keith — thank you for your positive review! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

A trip back in time! A turf home, other old buildings that have been preserved, and a little house and church for the elves! There is also an indoor museum with artifacts and old vehicles. A sweet Icelandic sheepdog greets visitors.

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Brooks W, Researcher & Guide at Skogasafn, responded to this review

Thank you very much—and greetings from Askur, the Icelandic shepherd's dog! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

This is a great museum to visit. The sod farms are very cool. Watch your head when you enter. You get to see how people lived over the years and how difficult life was back years ago.

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Brooks W, Researcher & Guide at Skogasafn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and heads up! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

While on a tour in Iceland, we stopped for about an hour at this museum. It was truly a trip back in time to early years in Iceland. The wide array of artifacts was impressive, and really a journey through time. My wife was particularly interested in seeing the old medical equipment, as she is a nurse. The gentleman from... More 

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Thank you for your enthusiastic review! More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

We didn't come here out of choice it was the last stop on the southern tour we did with Reykjavik excursions. It has got a wide range of artefacts (massive to be precise) however impressive there wasn't much information, the odd place card with English description but it would be placed surrounding lots of other bits so you're never quite... More 

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Brooks W, Guide & researcher at Skogasafn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and comments. We will do our best to update improve the artifact captions, and will urge management to keep the caffe open during the winter. Al the best— More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

From the explanation given by Brook(?) about how the collection was started, to actually seeing the 95-year-old himself. WOW. This gives so much more meaning to the life of the Icelandic people. No minerals. No fuel. No wood. A life on the very edge. Just a remarkable place. I learnt more about the people themselves than any other source, written... More 

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Brooks W, Researcher & Guide at Skogasafn, responded to this review

Thank you very much! More 

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