East Iceland Heritage Museum
History Museums East of Iceland

East Iceland Heritage Museum

The East Iceland Heritage museum has two permanent exhibitions – one featuring the reindeer in East Iceland and one concerning old rural households in the region. The museum also showcases diverse temporary exhibitions through the year.

Reindeer in East Iceland

The East is the only part of Iceland were you will find wild reindeer, believed to have been brought to the country for sport hunting by the Danish king. They contribute to the unique nature and are strongly connected to the region’s history and culture. The focus of the exhibition is on nature as well as the characteristics of the reindeer and their survival. The exhibition also covers reindeer hunting, and how reindeer products have contributed to a creative development of fashion design and handicraft.

The old rural household as a self-sufficient entity

On display are items that belong to the history of the old rural community in East Iceland as it was until the mid-20th century. Most of them relate to their practical role in everyday life while others bear witness to a life not only about basic survival, but also centred on creating beautiful items for decoration and pleasure.

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