Stokkseyri Things to Do
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The Hunting 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. He is now a part of my family, so I will take more pictures of him and add to my tip if he doesn´t allow me to take pictures of the animals ;)
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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.
Unfortunately this lovely park has been closed down.
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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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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.