Stokkseyri Things to Do
The Hunting museum - A giraffe in...
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.
Stokkseyri - Þuríðarbúð - fisherman's...
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.
The Magic garden - Töfragarðurinn -...
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.
"Við Fjöruborðið" - The Seashore restaurant.: Don´t miss the lobster soup!
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.