The museum of the Herring era and herring frenzy in Siglufjörður town

  • One of the fascinating museums in Iceland is The Herring Era Museum or Síldarminjasafnið in Siglufjörður in the Northern Region.
  • One of the fascinating museums in Iceland is The Herring Era Museum or Síldarminjasafnið in Siglufjörður in the Northern Region.
Aug 9 2017

One of the fascinating museums in Iceland is The Herring Era Museum or Síldarminjasafnið in Siglufjörður in the Northern Region.  The museum is also the largest maritime museum in Iceland.  The herring era spans more than five decades of the 220th century, and herring and the catching and processing of herring were the driving force behind the buildup in Siglufjörður.  It was the central herring town and in the thirties and the forties one of the most populated towns in Iceland. Today it is more like the icon town of the herring frenzy.

One of the best museums you can visit in Iceland

The museum is one of the most interesting museums in Iceland and entirely worth a loop from the Ring Road.  It gives a good idea of the living conditions of the people working in the herring industry at the time.  It also gives a good idea of the factories and the processing of herring to make meal and oil.  It is an exciting journey into old technology and an old factory; a world that has more or less diapered. There is also the boathouse displaying old boats and the life at sea.  With all the additional artifacts and photos the museum gives a realistic and good idea of the time when herring dominated a large part of the Icelandic economy.

Siglufjörður town gives a warm welcome to visitors and tourists

However you plan your Icelandic vacation or trip it is thoroughly worth it to take the loop and drive the Tröllaskagi peninsula.  You can visit the Herring Era Museum and stop at Siglufjörður for a night or two.  Along the way, you can visit the tiny village of Hofsós on the west side with its fascinating swimming pool and Ólafsfjörður and Dalvík towns on the Eastern side.  In Siglufjörður old herring and fishing town you will find excellent restaurants, good accommodation, and fascinating history.  A great town to visit and a great town to stay.

Tours and things to do in the North Region in Iceland

Find an interesting tour in the North Region. A tour from Akureyri or Húsavík to Jökulsárgljúfur. A whale watching tour, a tour to the highland and much more.

River Rafting in Iceland

A rafting tour on a whitewater glacial river floating through a canyon is probably something you can not experience in many places.  Floating in a raft on the strong stream through a magnificent landscape is likely to be once in a lifetime experience for most people. This trip is ideal for those who want to enjoy some adventure but still have a relaxing trip and inhale some breathtaking scenery and landscape as part of the river is quite calm.  For family rafting, the West Glacial River is the best and is classed 2-3. 

River Rafting in Bakkaflöt in the Northern Region

Whale Watching in Húsavík

At Húsavík town in the Northern Region, you are in the whale watching capital of Iceland and possibly the world. This whale watching tour is unique as you take the tour on a traditional Icelandic sailing boat. It is an experience quite unlike any other taking the course under sails aiming to see the magnificent animals of the ocean. It is a combination of adventure and anticipation. 

Whale Watching in Húsavík

Húsavík in the Northern Region is the whale watching capital of Iceland and possibly the world.  North Sailing has operated their tours for more than two decades and is the most experienced whale watching company in Iceland.  It was our first choice when looking for a partner to offer a whale watching tour on Hit Iceland.