ÍS: Westfjords Heritage Museum

Westfjord Heritage Museum Housed in a beautiful historic, wood building at the end of the Ísafjörður harbor is the Westfjords Heritage Museum. If you’re a history/museum nerd like me, you will thoroughly enjoy it. The first floor is dedicated to the history of fishing in the Westfjords. They have a film playing that shows a recreation of what day to day life for fishermen in Ísafjörður was like at the beginning of the Industrial Age (hint: pretty similar to how it had been for hundreds of years before that).

Westfjord Heritage Museum The second floor is divided between the contents of a boat builder’s workshop, some early diving gear, and the largest accordion collection in the Westfjords. Turns out a hand organ craze hit the Westfjords in the middle of the 20th century. I happen to love accordions, so I really enjoyed these beautiful pieces from all over Europe.  The third floor is devoted to the flora and fauna of the area, including historical uses of the natural resources. Climb up a wooden set of stairs  ladder and a tiny lookout area on the fourth level provides a great view of the harbor (I took the first photo from this attic nook).

Westfjord Heritage Museum  [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my June Ring Road trip around Iceland]

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