Folk Music Center Siglufjörður
The Folk Music Center is in a charming little house called the house where Reverend Bjarni Þorsteinsson lived from 1888 to 1898. Reverend Bjarni Þorsteinsson (1861-1938) was primarily a folk music collector. He was also a talented musician and composed many songs that are still sung in Iceland today.
Bjarni began collecting folk songs from 1880 and then published the Icelandic song book “Folk Songs” (Íslensk Þjóðlög) with support from the Carlsberg Foundation in Denmark. The book has hundreds of folk songs from various regions of the Iceland. In July 2006, for the 100th anniversary of the folk songs book by Bjarni, the center of folk music was officially opened. Bjarni worked in Siglufjörður all his life. Besides being the priest of the town, he was also an active politician and is still considered by many as the “father of Siglufjörður.”
At the center, visitors can see video recordings of people of all ages chanting, singing or playing the tvísöngur folk instrument called the langspil. The Folk Music Center: a very nice little museum.
Smámunasafnið, Museum of small things
Sverrir Hermannsson was an Icelandic carpenter born in Akureyri in 1928, who grew up in the countryside in the fjord of Eyjafjörður. He helped restore most of the oldest historical buildings in Akureyri. Sveirir was also involved in the maintenance and reconstruction of several churches in the fjord Eyjafjörður: Grund, and Grenivík Möðruvellir, among others. Sverrir was a collector of small objects and never discarded any of his tools since becoming a carpenter. He was always on the lookout for things to collect i.e. pieces of wood, nails, door handles, boxes of matches, pens, boxes. You can admire Sverir’s beautiful collection of bric-a-brac at Sólgarður in Eyjafjarðarsveit (opened since 2003).
Museum of Birds Sigurgeir (Myvatn)
The Bird Museum on the Ytri-Neslönd farm at Lake Myvatn was established following the pioneering work of Sigurgeir Stefansson, who lived at the farm. The bird collection presents an interactive way that is both entertaining and educational. The museum contains a copy of all Icelandic breeding birds, except for one. There is also a record of recent observations on birds; telescopes are set up to observe birds on the lake and a remote camera can see wildlife away from the lake. You can watch the birds on the lake while enjoying some local refreshments.
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