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“If you can visit only one museum in Iceland, visit this one!”

Nordurslod - Into the Arctic
Ranked #27 of 60 things to do in Akureyri
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Into the Arctic is a collection of eleven exhibitions that explore the history of the North in matters and pictures. The exhibitions lead the visitor through various periods in the history of the North and take on many interesting subjects, such as Iceland's settlement, the wildlife of the North, crafts and coastal life to mention a few.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed 3 May 2018

The museum is not at all what you expect. No random items which are not linked together without any purpose. This place connects everything into a compact story, best enjoyed with the curator who is the most knowledgeable explorer I have ever met. You will find out about the expeditions into the Arctic, the gear they had available, the hard times they had to endure and what fate they faced at the end. The maps will tell you the story of a mysterious island which has disappeared and the always changing landscape Iceland has. If you have time, allocate two or three hours for the visit. Entry fee is low and the ticket lasts a lifetime!

And they really serve the cheapest (and yummiest) lunch in Iceland!

1  Thank Barbora Š
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Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

This exhibition was very informative about Iceland and Greenland, both the arctic explorers and the wildlife in Iceland. Adalsteinn the curator was very friendly, and because it was quiet he kindly showed us round and explained things to us in greater detail and answered all our questions. Would definitely recommend this to everyone and think it is only going to improve as it grows.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

One the best museums I have ever been to. Arngrímur Jóhannsson, whose collection it is showed us around. His knowledge, huge experience and friendly personality shone through. Everything from the birds which nest in Iceland, expeditions to Greenland, the North Pole and the High Arctic, indigenous peoples and their knowledge, including a stunning video from 1918 and many photos. Interactive husky sled, boats and the costumes of the times. Together with information about the Icelandic Arctic explorer and polar expert,Vigfús Sigurðsson. Adalsteinn, the receptionist, was really welcoming and took care of us in the lovely restaurant too. Coffee was complimentary.

Thank kay186370
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

Well laid out with lots of interesting information. The museum was celebrating it's first birthday when I visited. I met with the founder and also was given a complementarypiece of 'birthday cake and coffee' by the very friendly Adalsteinn who was at the desk. They also run a kitchen with good home cooked food. I spent nearly 3 hours at the museum and came away with a really positive feeling after the experience.

1  Thank Icey52
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

What a wonderful hidden treasure - crammed with a great range of artefacts, interesting films and some great displays, this little museum is a must see, particularly for the first time visitor. Really helpful and friendly staff were full of information and made us really welcome. They serve soup as well!

2  Thank ChrisJB4386
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