Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Go LOCAL, off season - museum with the tallest man of Iceland

When writing this, it seems that more and more airlines will be at ease, as vulcano is calming down.

Well, nobody can predict for how long, but it´s good to bear in mind that nature is stronger, indeed, and we should all treat 'her' with respect.
Before introducing another interesting bit from Eyjafjörður, I feel like sharing a nice model on emissions from the volcano - check the details here.

And yes back to exploring Iceland - presuming that you will make it here despite a cloud of ash. Going local and exploring Eyjafjordur off the season, means much less activities to choose from than in the peak summer season. However, it is still enough to have fun and relaxing holiday in pristine nature, exploring the local culture in its full beauty.

Today, I will introduce an activity which not only Icelanders like doing, when trying to get to know a new place better. Museum visit.
Museums in Iceland are truly special and many of those in the countryside have been founded thanks to a lot of voluunteers´work. Not all of them are open all year round, however, there´s normally a telephone number on the door, and if you ever happen to find a museum closed, do give it a ring. There´s 99% likelyhood that some of the locals could open the door for you.

Today, I´m introducing a local museum in Dalvík with the tallest man of Iceland, and his bicycle, huge shoe and huge armchair he used to rest in...these are just some of the things you can enjoy when visiting the Dalvík museum.
The tallest man was born in Dalvík and there´re quite some memories related to him to be found in the museum.
Another interesting bit are earthquake memories depicting times in 1934, when big earthqake stroke Dalvík.

On top of this, you will find many instalations showing the way locals lived in old days, as well as local fauna and flora. One of the biggest fauna attraction is a huge polar bear who might have come from Greenland...these days standing stuffed.

The museum is small and cute and gives a nice and precious overview of the area. The only drawback are signs and ways to find the museum. If you are driving from Dalvík in the direction of Ólafsfjordur, you will find the museum on your left. There´s a big black and white sign depicting the tallest man and is says HVOLL in big letters - that´s the name of the museum.

Opening times are:

Winter time: Saturdays
14:00 - 17:00

Summer time June 1st - September 1st: Every day
11:00 - 18:00

And here is the magic number, in case you find the museum closed, as well as the link to their webpage: 892-1497.

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