I wanted to visit the Natural History Museum in Bolungarvík partly because they have a stuffed polar bear, and partly because it features in the film Nói the Albino. Bolungarvík is a remote fishing village in the Westfjords.
Despite being on the main street, the museum was actually a little hard to get into as it turns out the entrance is on the side of the building and not the front. It’s in something like a mall and shares the building with a hairdressers amongst others.
I was pleasantly surprised at how well put together the Museum actually is once inside. There is one display area with animals (pictured below) and a larger section with birds. I’m not particularly into taxidermy but I must say some of the birds are really well done. They are in a wide array of poses and some of them are so tiny they must have been hard to work with.
They also had quite a lot of information up about the tunnels in the area and how they were made. If there’s one thing I discovered on this holiday it’s how much I love tunnels! So I found all this detail about the work that went into digging them and how dangerous the old roads were in terms of landslides and avalanches really fascinating.
A small specialist museum can either be extremely dull or inspiring – luckily for me, this museum fell into the latter category.
You can see more pictures from the museum’s website.
Have you ever been pleasantly surprised (or disappointed) by a random museum anywhere?