Preserving the historical heritage in Húsavík
Once upon a time, Iceland was home to people who knew deprivation and hardship all too well. The communal responsibility to preserve and protect the ancestral heritage of Þingeyjarsýsla County is undertaken in the District Cultural Centre in the small community of Húsavík, North Iceland.
There are two permanent exhibitions in the Culture House, are the ‘Maritime Exhibition’ and ‘Man and Nature–100 years in Þingeyjarsýsla’.
Man and Nature – 100 years in Þingeyjarsýsla opened two years ago on the main floor and is nominated for the Icelandic Museum Award 2012. It gives an insight into man’s relationship with nature and how local homesteads were mostly self-sufficient from 1825 to 1950.
The Maritime Exhibition includes artefacts such as boats and fishing gear exhibited both outside and inside.
Freestanding regional exhibitions give an insight into the long history of settlement in the area. Grenjaðarstaðir is an old farm from the Settlement Era and has served as a church, parsonage and a post office. Help yourself to coffee and tea, free of charge, and enjoy a light meal of your own in an authentic Icelandic farm.
Snartarstaðir is a museum and a gift shop 2 kilometres from Kópasker. The rich collection of local handicraft such as embroidery and knitted clothing portray daily life in the 19th and 20th century.
The museum is truly a living memory of the past.