Víkin Maritime Museum

Víkin Sjóminjasafnið í Reykjavík

Grandagardur 8, Reykjavik, 101
Admission: ISK 1600
Wheelchair Access
Has Temporary Exhibitions
Has Permanent Collection

Opening Times

Monday: 1000 - 1700
Tuesday: 1000 - 1700
Wednesday: 1000 - 1700
Thursday: 1000 - 1700
Friday: 1000 - 1700
Saturday: 1000 - 1700
Sunday: 1000 - 1700
Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am - 5 pm. The Coast Guards Vessel ÓÐINN is closed in December and January.
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Icelanders have from the time of settlement depended on fishing. Settlement at Faxaflói Bay was founded on fishing and fish processing. Since the 19th century, the growth of Reykjavik and nearby Hafnarfjörður was largely based on the fisheries, as well as improved living conditions in the 20th century. The fishing industry has been the foundation of prosperity in Iceland.

The role of Vikin-Maritime Museum in Reykjavik is to present a living record of this most dynamic aspect of Iceland's history.

Iceland´s past, present and future are intimately tied to seafaring. This activity defines the nation’s character, making it difficult indeed to know Iceland and Icelanders without knowing its maritime history.

The Maritime Museum´s exhibitions are insights into Iceland’s relationship with the sea through the centuries. The main exhibitions illustrate the development from rowboats to modern trawlers and cargo vessels, as well as the construction of Reykjavík Harbor. Temporary exhibitions are changed regularly.

Docked to a specially built pier alongside the museum is the Coast Guard Vessel Óðinn. Óðinn participated in all three Cod Wars against Britain in the latter part of the 20th century. Moreover, it was a highly effective patrol and rescue vessel accredited with saving the crews of grounded or sinking ships, and towed nearly 200 vessels to safety.

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Past exhibitions at Víkin Maritime Museum - now closed:
75th Anniversary of the Seamen‘s Day Council 1st Jun 2013 - 30th Nov 2013