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Bustarfell Museum

The Museum, i.e.the relics were given to Vopnafjörður by Elín Methúsalemsdóttir in the year 1982. The houses, on the other hand, were sold to the Icelandic nation in 1943 by Methúsalem Methúsalemsson and are taken care of and preserved by the Icelandic National Museum.

The mud and wood floor house contains many treasure-filled rooms, antiques and sepia tone photographs, fitted with fine furnishings, just the same as when the family house lived in, each room, fronted with a timbered gable and all interconnected by a series of low ceiling passages or hallways often only lit by shark or seal oil brass lamps .

The rooms are as such: badstofa (living room), baejardyr (front hall) skemma or skali (sheds), stofur (parlours), hlada (storehouse), a palli hjonahus (upstairs master chambers) bur (pantry) a few eldhus (kitchens) which each tell a story of hard work and determination while reflecting the stages of modernization through the decades.

The sheds usually kept horse bridles and saddlery, along with farm tools, such as turf saddles, spades, forks, hoes, and scythes, for work on the tun (home field) and occasionally animal meal and hay.

Pantry walls were lined with tubs, barrels and casks to store sour milk, skyr, and whey.

Kitchens contained open fire rock pits, bowls, dishes, jugs, pots, pans and pails and often from the wooden rafters, hung rows of smoked meat.

The Museum shows clearly the lifestyle changes that occurred from the time it was rebuilt until the family moved into the "new house". Guests can follow the difference in the standards for quality, for example when there came running water into the house, and a heating system.

But to see it, feel it and since it is always the best experience. We welcome you for a visit.

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Bustarfell Museum

Bustarfell

GPS Points N65° 36' 51.253" W15° 5' 57.189"
Fax

473-1465

Opening period 10/06 - 10/09

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  • 690 Vopnafjörður
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History and Culture
0.11 km
Bustarfell

Bustarfell is one of the few remaining turf farms in East Iceland. It is located in Hofsárdalur in Vopnafjörður. The farmhouses were originally erected in 1770 but have undergone many changes over the years. The lodgings were inhabited until 1966. Since then they have been under the protection of the National Museum. Bustarfell is a very active heritage museum today, and on special occasions, workshops are set afoot to commemorate ways and workmanship of days of yore. Located next to the farm is the "Croft café." A hiking path takes visitors to the "Stone of the Elf lady," the source of a legendary tale.

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Nature
12.22 km
Tverárgil canyon

The hiking path runs along Þverá river in Þverá canyon. The canyon is exceptionally beautiful as you can see colorful rock formations from an old volcano, a pleasant contrast to the otherwise dark rocks of the Smjörfjöll mountains.

There is a rich bird life in this area, especially Icelandic highland birds. The view is magnificent over the Hofsá valley and out to sea.

The path is about two hours long and is a little bit upward. Therefore we put two shoes on the difficulty of the hike.

The starting point of the walk is above the Þverá river on rd. 919 - Sunnudalur road.

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Highlights
23.11 km
Múlastofa

Múlastofa in Kaupvangur is a memorial exhibition featuring the works of the brothers Jón Múli and Jónas Árnason, both of whom were born in Vopnafjörður. In connection with the exhibition, an annual culture festival is held in August.

Nature
17.22 km
Sandvik Black Beach

Sandvík is a long, black sandy beach in from the fjord. The coast is a paradise for birds, created by the hand of nature. There one may find seashells, take a walk, watch the birds, build a sand castle - or follow your own imagination.

Along with this coast, a supply ship ran aground on 2 October 1981. All the crew was rescued. At low tide, one can still see a glimpse of the wreckage.

Access to Sandvík is from the track lying down to the bay inland from the golf course.

We remind everyone to be careful along the beach. The surf can be dangerous and children must be carefully watched. The Hofsá river often flows over the sands in the spring, and as a result, quicksand can form along the beach.

Always walk the coastline with care, with respect for nature and the hidden dangers which can lie near the sea.

GPS: 65.735784 - 14.857769

East Iceland

Towns & Villages

Each town in East Iceland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages the influence of North European neighbours is obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

Map Vopnafjörður Borgarfjörður Eystri Egilsstaðir Seyðisfjörður Mjóifjörður Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur