Sep 16, 2020

Maritime Museum Reykjavik: Get Schooled

The Maritime Museum Reykjavik is a unique way to learn about how this country was built, and how fishing is an intrinsic part of Icelandic culture. Follow the Bluehouse Blog for more.

Where is it? 

This unlikely museum is nestled in the Old Harbour in Reykjavik, the building originally being used as as a fish freezing store. It was first made open to the public in 2005 and has since gained some new and fascinating exhibitions. The goal of this museum is to highlight the important role fishing has played in Iceland‘s economy through collecting items which highlight this.

What Can I Find at the Maritime Museum Reykjavik?

The main exhibition to be found there, which started the museum itself, is titled 150 years of fisheries, which gathers artefacts to do with the country’s heavily-fish based past. You’ll feel so “sofishticated” (Sorry, had to🙈😁) after all that schooling! There is also an immense coastguard ship in the harbour, called Óðinn, available for guided tours (unfortunately not presently due to COVID.) In visiting this ship, you’ll learn all about its history of towing boats and saving lives at sea. The tours usually last an hour.

Maritime Museum Iceland
Image courtesy of Reykjavik City Museum

This boat was involved in Cod wars, a series of disagreements between the Icelandic Coast Guard and the British Royal Navy. The boats rammed into each other after arguments over fishing rights. A lieutenant who worked on the boat during this lives just a few houses from the Bluehouse.


Finally, there’s an exhibition called Melckmeyt, a Dutch ship which wrecked nearby in the 17th century. This displays objects salvaged from the wreckage. You’ll also learn about Icelandic trade during this time period.

When is it open?

This museum is open every day from 10-17. It’s an affordable yet educational day out for you and your friends or family. Adults pay 1740 ISK, but if you add on the boat tour it’ll come to 2,660 ISK. You can do the boat tour without the rest of the museum if you wish as well. Students pay 1,120 ISK and children and disabled people are free. More information on how to book group tours can be found here.

While this museum may not be for everyone, history and fish lovers alike will be fascinated to explore this country’s important relationship with the ocean and its critters.

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