The Folk Music Centre in Siglufjörður presents Icelandic folk music in an accessible and entertaining manner through video recordings of people old and young, singing folk songs and playing traditional instruments. Visitors can take a crack at playing reproductions of an Icelandic fiddle and a langspil (dulcimer), or just listen to the music with a cup of coffee.
The Folk Music Centre also contains an exhibition depicting the life of the Rev. Bjarni Thorsteinsson (1861¬–1938), who transcribed songs and chants during
a 25-year period, before publishing his book Icelandic Folk Songs in 1906–09. His book preserves a unique part of Icelandic cultural history, and many of the songs would surely have been lost but for his tireless efforts. The Centre has a number of exhibits that were owned by the Reverend and his wife, including several manuscripts showing examples of his transcriptions and original compositions.
The town of Siglufjörður is the venue for the annual Folk Music Festival (July 4-8, 2012), where music from all around the world is performed alongside traditional Icelandic music. At the same time, children and adults can attend special courses on Icelandic music, dance and handicrafts. The Festival is one of Iceland’s most popular musical events.
The Folk Music Centre is open June, July and August from 12:00-18:00 every day.