Minjasafni­ ß Akureyri - Akureyri Museum

Minjasafnið á Akureyri, Akureyri Museum, Historicla Museum, Akureyri History, Exhibitions Akureyri, Menning á Akureyri


Akureyri Museum


Well designed exhibitions and the beautiful museum garden with its 19th century church is not to be missed if you visit Akureyri. The exhibitions provide the visitor with ample information in various forms and themes equally about the history of fjord from settlement and but also the history of Akureyri and its development from the 19th century.

Admission: ISK 900


Eyjafjörður from the settlement.

An interesting exhibition with artifacts from the settlement period 874-1000 to the reformation era. The artifacts are on loan from the National Museum.

Akureyri - the town by the bay.

The exhibition depicts in different themes how Akureyri has developed as a town since the early 19. century.



Northern Lights - bright nortern nights

What are the northern lights? Can they be captured on a picture? What did the Danish scientists discover in Akureyri in 1899-1900? The answers to these questions, as well as other interesting information on northern lights, can be found at the exhibition which consists of photographs from 2013 and paintings from 1899.

The paintings are the work of the Danish painter Harald Moltke. He had joined the group of scientists from the Danish Meteorological Institute who came to Akureyri in 1899 specifically to study the northern lights.

This northern lights expedition of scientists from the Danish Meteorological Institute to Akureyri in 1899-1900 is largely forgotten. Few have heard about the expedition itself, the research building Aurora, which was raised on the cape where Akureyri‘s cemetery now lies, or the „Palace“ which was constructed at the summit of Mount Súlur, at an altitude of 4000 feet. A particularly important aspect of the expedition was in the hands of the Danish painter Harald Viggo Moltke. His mission was to capture the magic of the northern lights with his paintbrush, but this was a natural phenomenon that he had never seen and no one had ever painted. During the nights he sketched their movements, size and colours and then spent his mornings in his studio in Aurora where the bright northern nights came to life on the canvas. His work earned well-deserved praise in its time and it was exhibited in both Copenhagen an Paris in 1900. 

Moltke‘s paintings from 1899 reflect the stunning photographs of Gísli Kristinsson, who is an amateur photographer. 114 years spearate the artist but the nonetheless share a highly scientific approach in bringing the northern lights to life; Moltke with his oil paint and Gísli through his camera lens.  

The photographs were taken by Gísli Kristinsson, an amamateur photogapher from Ólafsfjörður. He has truly mastered the art of capturing the northern lights as the dance in the Eyjafjörður sky. Moltke travelled along with the scientist from the Danish Meteorological Institute but Gísli uses the northern lights forecast of the Icelandic Met Office to hunt down the light of the northern night.

Children‘s northern lights studio

At the exhibition children of all ages can paint or draw the northern lights, or just have a bit of fun with them. While doing so they can imagine what it is like to try to capture them at night to then paint them with scientific preciseness in the morning.

The Old Turfhouse Laufás - 30 km east of Akureyri



The writer´s homes in Akureyri 


 We have a DAY Pass for our 5 museums!


ONLY ISK 2000. Available at these Museums, Tourist Info in Hof and Saga Travel Info Office.



Picture gallery

Akureyri Museum manages The Old Turfhouse Laufás which is open daily 9 to 5 from 1st of June - 31st of August. Groups are welcome out of season.

Special events arranged by the Museum include: historical walks, an evening of song in the museum church,  market day at Laufás, Christmas preparations at Laufás etc.

 Friendly atmosphere and staff more than willing to engage in a conversation with guests.

 „With my best compliments for the extraordinary quality of your Museum. Very good design and also good museology.“  Luis Juaris Medur ICOM from Brazil.

OpnunartÝmi/Opening hours

Minjasafnið á Akureyri - Akureyri Museum
Sumar - Summer:
Opið alla daga 10-17
frá 1.júní -15.september 
Open every day 10-17
from June 1. - 15. September

Vetur - Winter:
fimmtudag-sunnudags 14-16
Thursday- Sunday 14-16

Gamli bærinn Laufás - Old Turfhouse Laufás

Opið alla daga 9-17
frá 1.júní -31.ágúst 
Open every day 9-17
from June 1. - 31. August
Sími/Tel: 895-3172
E-mail: laufas@minjasafnid.is 

Nonnahús - Nonni's House

Opið alla daga 10-17
frá 1.júní - 31.ágúst 
Every day from 10-17
from June 1. - 31. August

Davíðshús - Sigurhæðir
Davíðs Stefánsson Memorial Museum
& Matthías Jochumsson Memorial Foundation

Opið virka daga 13-17
frá 1.júní - 31.ágúst
Open Weekdays 13-17
from June 1. - 31. August
sími/Tel: 571-1830(summer) 462-4162 (winter)  


Skrifstofa Minjasafnsins
The Museum office
Virka daga/Weekdays 8-16. 

Sími/Tel: 462-4162 & 895-3171
Sími/Tel: Laufás 463-3196 & 895-3172
Sími/Tel: Davíðshús 571-1830
Sími/Tel: Nonnahús 462-3555


Tekið á móti skólahópum alla virka daga.
Bókanir hjá ragna@minjasafnid.is

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moya - Útgáfa 1.10 RC1 2006 - Stefna ehf

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