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The Best of North Iceland May 30 - June 6

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  • The Herring Erea Museum is one of Iceland's most impressive museums. It was awarded the Icelandic Museum Award in 2000 and the European Museum Award in 2004. Photo/Fiann Paul

This is the North Iceland section of Best of Iceland This Week, the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.


Herring Era Museum

The Herring Era Museum is located in the town of Siglufjörður in the North of Iceland. It celebrates the “glory days” of Iceland’s herring industry which began in the 1930’s and lasted well into the 50’s. The museum is a recreation of a typical herring factory and consists of three buildings, each showing a different aspect of the herring industry. The museum was awarded the Icelandic Museum Award in 2000 and the European Museum Award in 2004.
Oh, and you can take a local bus from Akureyri to Siglufjörður.

I’m (alone) on a boat
The first thing a local from Akureyri will tell you is that the best weather is always in Akureyri. And with Icelanders quite obsessed with talking about the weather, this is quite the statement. But, if they are correct, it’s worth spending Sjómannadagurinn (Fisherman’s Festival) in the capital of the North. Saturday, May 31st, is celebrated across the country and the festivities are nothing short of impressive at Akureyri. Fun for the whole family is in order, and perhaps this will be your only chance to see true fishermen compete in soccer, tug-of-war, and an eating contest.
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Quench your thirst
Located in one of the most beautiful parts of town, Múlaberg Bistro & Bar is a popular place for drinking and dining among the locals. Cocktails in jars, food inspired by the French, the Italians, and the Danes – it’s a true adventure for one’s palate. From native to Akureryi, Margrét Helgadóttir, “Múlaberg Bistro & Bar in Hotel Kea is located on one of the most scenic corners in town and its outdoor facilities make it a great spot for snacks and drinks during the summer.” There you have it. A local wouldn’t lie. 

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