Reykjavík Maritime Museum

October 6, 2009

Iceland

I thought I’d devote an extra little blog post to the Reykjavík Maritime Museum, as according to their website, “Visting Iceland without learning something about its maritime tradition is like going to England and ignoring its royalty.” I don’t know about the British Royal Family, but the museum is in a unique location overlooking the old fishing harbour. The permanent exhibitions cover the evolution of Icelandic fishing and coastal culture through the centuries, including a mock-up of a pier alongside an historic ship, which aims to “re-create the atmosphere of the pier and the change occurring with the advent of harbour construction”. Also part of the museum is the Coast Guard vessel Ódinn, which took part in the Cod Wars in the last century and went on numerous searches and rescue missions. Visitors can step aboard to explore the vessel, including the engine rooms which had some pretty impressive machinery (see photographs).

The Coast Guard vessel Ódinn at Reykjavík Maritime Museum

Engine room on the Coast Guard vessel Ódinn at Reykjavík Maritime Museum

On board the Coast Guard vessel Ódinn at Reykjavík Maritime Museum, where an evening reception was held during the ICOM-CECA conference.

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