Stokkseyri Things to Do Tips by Regina1965
Stokkseyri Things to Do: 6 reviews and 30 photos
Páll in 2014.
The Hunting museum/Wildlife museum in Stokkseyri (Veiðisafnið) is fantastic, much more than one expects. That in the small town of Stokkseyri such a museum can be found is extraordinary. The museum is the home of Páll Reynisson, hunter, see my picture, who opened his home to the public in 2004.
He started out with 2 stuffed birds, but his collection grew so much that he had filled 3 houses in Reykjavík. He then moved with his collection in 1999 to Stokkseyri. More and more people were knocking on his door to have a peak at his animals and when a 1000 people had visited him on that purpose over a period of 6 months, he decided on opening up a museum.
There are 2 big rooms - saloons really, one is his living room with a big giraffe in the middle of the room plus numerous other animals, which Páll has hunted in Iceland, Greenland, North-America and South-Africa.
In the other room, the drawing room, there is a lion and a lioness, polar bear, a crocodile and numerous birds and other animals. On display are also rifles, hand-guns, hunting knives and much more. It is quite amazing and so worth a visit.
Páll is such a perfectionist that it is a delight visiting, everything is perfectly arranged and the selection is so vast. A guided tour is available by appointment, make use of that as Páll is very knowledgeable.
The museum is one of the first houses when you enter Stokkseyri, on your right hand side, so this is where you can start, by visiting The Hunting Museum before visiting all the other interesting musei in Stokkseyri.
Admission to the museum is: adults ISK 1.250, children 6-12 ISK 650. Group discount.
The museum is open: April-September: daily from 11:00-18:00. October-March: weekends only. December-January: closed.
No pictures are allowed inside the museum for security reasons, so I had to take a picture of Páll himself ;) He didn´t mind.
Address: Eyrarbraut 49, 825 Stokkseyri, South-Iceland
Directions: The Hunting/Wildlife museum is one of the first buildings after you enter Stokkseyri, on your right hand side by the main road.
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Phone: 354 4831558
The fisherman's hut.
Þuríðarbúð is an old fisherman's hut which was built in 1949 (rebuilt in 2001) in the memory of Þuríður Einarsdóttir, foreman, and old ways of living. Þuríður was born in 1777 and went to sea at the age of 11 with her father and became a perfectly valid fisherman at the age of 17. She was a fisherman for over 50 years, 34 of them from Stokkseyri, and a foreman on a boat for 25 years.
Þuríður had to dress as a man working at sea, and had to get a permission to do so from the district sheriff ;) There are no other examples known of a woman having such a career as Þuríður.
In the 19th century there were tens upon tens of fisherman's huts such as Þuríðarbúð in Stokkseyri. These huts were made out of turf and stone and here the fishermen slept, dined and entertained themselves while on land. The original Þuríðarbúð was located close to where the replica is now.
Þuríðarbúð is open all year around or upon agreement with the curator. I include the curator´s number (the 1st number). If you want to get a feeling for what it was like being a fisherman ashore in Iceland in the 19th century then on offer for groups is a 15 minutes´ play on the life of Þuríður. Call the second number I have included.
Address: Þuríðarbúð, 825 Stokkseyri, South-Iceland
Directions: Þuríðarbúð fisherman's hut is located right by the main road, you cannot miss it as you drive through Stokkseyri. It is on your right hand side by the road.
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Phone: 354 4863369 and 354 4831550
Geese in The Magic garden.
The Magic garden "Töfragarðurinn" is a family- and amusement-park located in Stokkseyri and there you can find many kinds of recreation for kids and adults alike. There are all kinds of Icelandic domestic animals at the garden, goats, Icelandic horses and the Icelandic dog, reindeers, rabbits, calves and sheep, wild foxes, kittens, pigs and colourful Icelandic hens. There is a lovely pond with ducks and white geese.
There is a playground for the kids with a 100 m2 jumping bladder and all kinds of plaything. There is also a 240 m2 tent where you can buy refreshment, coffee, hot chocolate and soft drinks.
A very lovely place to visit on a sunny day.
Open from May-September from 10-18. During the winter time it is closed, but open for groups.
Unfortunately this lovely park has been closed down.
Address: Blómsturvellir 6, 825 Stokkseyri, South-Iceland
Directions: Drive along the main street of Eyrarbraut, turn left on Sólvellir and right on Blómsturvellir by the sign (I added a picture of the sign) where it says "Töfragarðurinn".
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Phone: 354 4833800 354 8973801
The entrance to The Ghost Centre.
There is another museum in the same building as The Icelandic wonders museum, called The Ghost Centre. What can I say but: "Enter at your own risk". My mother and I got so spooked there that we left after room 6 - out of 24!!
There are 24 rooms and you get a CD-player and head-set and listen to all the ghost-stories as you walk from room to room, the estimated time for all the rooms is 45 minutes. It is quite dark in there and we got lost before entering the first room and got attacked by a ghost when we finally found out where to go. This said I must say that what we saw while in there was very well made and I would urge you to visit this museum. Not with kids though.
Ghost stories have followed the nation forever and are integrated in the Icelandic psyche as well as are elves and trolls and I can just say that we are a nation very afraid of ghosts (with a few examples). The museum features all of Iceland's most famous/infamous ghosts.
Before you enter the museum you can get a drink at the ghost bar which is guarded by the Alcohol ghost "Brennivínsdraugurinn" the Icelandic word for ghost being "draugur".
Pictures are not allowed inside the museum and mobiles must be turned off.
Opening hours are: Winter - Monday-Friday 18-20:30 and weekends in September-December and March-May 13-18. January and February - closed.
Summer time: daily from 13-18. Open for groups on request at any time.
The entrance fee is ISK 1.500.
Address: Hafnargata 9, 825 Stokkseyri, South-Iceland
Directions: The Ghost Centre is by the main road of Stokkseyri in the largest building there, red in colour, in the same building as the Icelandic Wonders museum, walk behind the bulding and there is the entrance to The Ghost Centre.
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Phone: 354 4831202 354 8950020
The entrance to The Icelandic Wonders museum.
The Icelandic Wonders museum is really a "must-see" while visiting Stokkseyri. Its theme is so integrated with the Icelandic nation's psyche - elves, trolls and the Northern lights! As you enter the museum there is a lovely souvenir shop with trolls, Icelandic Jule lads (jólasveinar), elves and more for sale.
As you enter the cave which is the museum the first thing you encounter is a pond with big fish in it and on your right hand side are the elves, it is lovely as if you have entered an elf-rock. Watch your step as it is quite dark in there, the only thing I want to complain about is the lack of light on the floor. The next cave you enter is the troll's cave where you encounter a big troll sleeping. And watch out for the smaller trolls which spook you, one gets really startled as it is so dark there! Then you enter the ice-cave with its Northern lights, which is quite lovely - and freezing cold. Watch out for the small troll which waits for you at the door as you leave the ice-cave :D
No pictures are allowed inside the museum.
The museum is open in the winter time Mondays to Fridays from 18-20:30 and weekends from 13-20:30.
Entrance fee is ISK 1.500.
The Icelandic name of the museum is "Álfa- trölla- og norðurljósasafnið", the museum is 1.200 fm2 and in the same building is the Ghost Centre "Draugasafnið" (see my next tip).
Address: Hafnargata 9, 825 Stokkseyri, South-Iceland
Directions: The museum is by the main-road in the largest building in Stokkseyri, red in colour and next to the restaurant "By the seashore". You cannot miss it.
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Phone: 354 4831202 354 8950020
The sea shore.
The sea shore at Stokkseyri is lovely and very popular. It is almost red in colour due to all the beach peat, shells and conch. The shore is popular both amongst locals and tourists and I have seen tourists camp in the ait there, wouldn't recommend putting up a tent so close to the N-Atlantic ocean though.
There is an information sign by the sea shore with information on the vegetation and bird-life as well as information on the lava by the shore, which stems from the largest known Holocene lava flow on earth some 8700 years ago. It must have been huge as it covers most of lowlands for 140 kilometers i.e. between Ölfusá and Þjórsá (see my tip on Urriðafoss waterfall).
Directions: Drive through Stokkseyri and right at the end of the town is this beautiful sea shore, look out for the sign (I added a picture).
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