Iceland Skógar Folk Museum Travel

Skógar Folk Museum in Iceland

While out exploring on the South Shore Adventure Tour in Iceland, our group made a stop at the Skógar Folk Museum. A man named Thordur Tomasson opened the museum in 1949, and over the years he has filled it with old Icelandic artifacts and interesting pieces from hundreds of years ago.

Thordur quietly walked around with our group, carefully observing the guests and tour guides, only chipping in when he felt it was necessary, making sure the stories were told accurately and to his liking. It was obvious that the museum was his pride and joy. When Thordur spoke, you listened. (Photo by Nunni Konn on Flickr)

We saw tons of fascinating things, like the tobacco pouch made from a ram’s scrotum, the ancient cow bladder hanging from the ceiling (used back then as a barometer), traditional sheepskin shoes, endless wool spindles, tiny boats, hunting tools, and everything in between. Afterward, we were able to check out the sod farm behind the museum. It was awesome being able to see how the people of Iceland used to live centuries ago. I loved the tiny houses!

I’m glad we got to see the south of Iceland and get out of Reykjavik for a while. I’m still in awe of that little country and how truly beautiful it is there. Thank you for your words of wisdom and for allowing us to visit your museum, Thordur!

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Sarah Heitzinger
    March 23, 2015 at 3:44 AM

    Nice work, Amanda! Your blogs are so interesting. This one is my favorite so far. Keep them coming!

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    Chloe (@Cloebeth91)
    March 23, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    I love heading out of the usual places and finding something unique, it’s so beautiful too x

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    Melanie
    March 24, 2015 at 2:56 AM

    Wow, it looks incredible there! I would love to visit!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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    Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki
    March 24, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    I am so glad you commented on my blog so I could head over and see your beautiful pictures of Iceland!

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      amandaaude@gmail.com
      March 25, 2015 at 3:54 AM

      Aw, thanks Kaelene! I’m loving your blog. It’s sort of my dream to live in Iceland! So jealous! :)

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    Shy
    March 25, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    What an amazing place. I’ve never been but certainly hope to someday! I think that style of housing should definitely make a comeback! Reminds me of a hobbit house!

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      amandaaude@gmail.com
      April 3, 2015 at 2:54 PM

      Haha, agreed! They reminded me of something you’d see in Lord of the Rings!

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    craig aude
    April 8, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Wonderful. The ingenuity of man. Cow bladder to make a barometer? Amazing!

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    Van (@snowintromso)
    September 26, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Just found your blog over at Unlocking Kiki’s! I absolutely love folk museums! The last one I’ve been to was in Oslo but would love to visit this one too! Great shots!

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      amandaaude@gmail.com
      July 21, 2016 at 7:29 AM

      Thanks, Van! I’d LOVE to visit Oslo someday! This was such a cute museum. Very different, but so interesting!

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