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.