Stokkseyri Things to Do
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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.
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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. She 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.
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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.
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The Seashore restaurant in Stokkseyri is ever so popular and Icelanders drive there from Reykjavík and other places just to taste the lobster soup. The ambience is great there and lovely to sit outside on the terrace right next to the ocean. Right next to the restaurant is The Ghost museum and Iceland wonders museum. I recommend going there, it is almost alway full during the weekends.
There are 3 halls inside, The Tent, The Ocean and Heaven, very lovely ambience.
One can also sit on restaurant deck chairs on the beach.
Opening hours are:
Wednesdays and Thursdays from 18-21
Fridays from 18-22
Saturdays from 12-22
Sundays from 12-21
Mondays and Tuesdays - CLOSED
Favorite Dish: The lobster soup is yummy. Very fresh material.