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Sagnheimar Folk Museum

Sagnheimar, folk museum
Sagnheimar, folk museum, opened a completely new exhibition in May 2011. The aim of the new exhibition is to let visitors of all ages experience the islands history in both traditional and more untraditional ways; with photo spots, multimedia and hands-on approach to make your visit as exciting as the islands history!

The volcanic eruption in Heimaey 1973
On the night of January 23rd an eruption occurred on Heimaey. Around 5300 people were relocated to the mainland that same night. Of 1345 family homes almost one third disappeared under the lava and another third was damaged. This exhibition shows pictures of the event and locals recall the night's events and the restoration of the town.

The Pirate Raid 1627
On July 16th 1627 the island was invaded by pirates, they sailed to Heimey on three ships and stole, plundered and killed. The pirates captured 242 islanders, brought them aboard ships and later sold them into slavery in Algeria. The story is told through pictures.

Is this the most dangerous profession in the world?
The fishermen´s and fish workers work is by far the most important part of the history of the Westman Islands. Photos and multimedia indicate how they survived hardship and difficulties through the ages.

Opening hours

May 1st - September 30th: Every day from 10:00-17:00

October 1st - April 30th: Saturday from 13:00-16:00, other days closed (open upon arrangement)

Sagnheimar Folk Museum

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GPS Points N63° 26' 32.683" W20° 16' 35.659"
Telephone

+354 488-2050

Opening period All year

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