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Skaftfellingur VE33

Vibrant Vik: A Hub of Culture and Nature

Vik is home to some of the most stunning nature in the south, but when stopping by the village, be sure to visit one of the most fascinating museums in the region. The Skaftfellingur Museum has numerous exhibitions, including⁠ a nearly 100-⁠year old oak ship on display, along with the ship's equipment; tales about a number of marine accidents that occurred off the South Coast of Iceland, and a video from the 1950s about the Skaftfellingur ship.

Ship that Served the Region

The Skaftfellingur ship is special to the region and has quite a history. The ship was commissioned in 1917 to make it easier to transport fish from Iceland. The ship had scheduled trips to the Westman Islands and Vik in 1918. The ship had a different life during World War II when it rescued the crew of a German submarine in 1942 and transported goods between Iceland and the UK for the remainder of the war. The ship was decommissioned in 1974 and remained in Vik since 2001.

A Wonderful Afternoon in Vik

The museum is conveniently located in the heart of Vik, across from the Tourist Information Centre.

Admission: 500ISK for adults, 200ISK for children 12-16, and free for children under the age of 12. For groups of 8 or more, there is a 25% discount. The museum is open daily from 12:00 to 18:00 and our wonderful staff is ready to welcome you on your next stop in Vik.

Open every day from 12 - 18

Skaftfellingur VE33

Víkurbraut 17

GPS Points N63° 25' 2.063" W19° 0' 49.141"
Telephone

+354 487-1395

Opening period All year
Categories Exhibitions

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The storefront was originally built in the Westman Islands in 1831 and was named Godthaabs-outlet. In the year 1895, the merchant J.P.T. Bryde bought this old storefront, had it taken apart and moved to Vik by ship.

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