The museum in Skógar was founded in 1949 and has since been one of the most known museums in Iceland. It was mainly build up by a man named Þórður Tómasson born in the area early last century. He started to collect items when he was only 13 years old and now the museum is one of the biggest museums outside Reykjavík.
Visiting the museum really gives you the idea of how people lived or maybe I should say survived in Iceland in the old days in a primitive environment where people had to deal with harsh nature and unpredictable weather.
The museum has many items from everyday life back in the old days. As well as an open-air museum with old Turf houses that were the dwellings of people in Iceland until the middle of last century. There is also a big transportation museum section in the museum where you can learn all about the transportation history of Iceland.
I would say the museum is a must-do thing if you really like to get into the heads of Icelandic people and learn about the mindset and where we came from. It is good to spend a few hours at the museum. The museum café is open during summer and there is also a store with souvenirs and clothing where you can buy the Icelandic wool sweater
Drive the main road towards the east for about 33 kilometres, turn left to Skógar. In Skógar you can also visit the waterfalls Skógafoss and Kvernufoss
Skógar Museum Location: GPS: 63° 31.556' -19° 29.530'
Estimated time for a visit: 1 to 3 hours