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The Icelandic Emigration Center

Open Now: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Open today: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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One of the prettiest Icelandic villages

We didn't get to see the museum (closed) but this was the only place on TripAdvisor where I could... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2018
interesting museum

This museum is a collection of several buildings that share stories of families who emigrated from... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2018
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The Icelandic Emigration Center was founded in 1996 and dedicated to commemorate Icelandic emigrants to North America and to promote connections between their descendants and the people of Iceland. The Center now offers four exhibits in three...more
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Kvosin, Hofsos 566, Iceland
+354 453 7935
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Reviewed 27 October 2018

We didn't get to see the museum (closed) but this was the only place on TripAdvisor where I could describe the village itself. It is quite charming, with its well-preserved old houses and warehouses, many of them painted black, clustered around a delightful little harbour....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TonySwiss
Reviewed 6 October 2018

This museum is a collection of several buildings that share stories of families who emigrated from Iceland to other countries around the world. Interesting and detailed accounts. Worth a stop if you're in the area!

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank bjkahansen
Reviewed 4 September 2018

The name is confusing. It actually is a museum - in three buildings - detailing the lives of Icelandic people in Iceland before they left and in the US and Canada and Brazil. fascinating. Easy to spend 90 minutes here.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank NJFamilyAdventures
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

If your in Hofsós and have an hour to spare worth a stop here. Fascinating stories about the Icelandic diaspora from the 19th & 20th centuries scattered around the world. Most ended up in Canada but some even went to Brazil. Museum is housed within...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank irisharch
Reviewed 23 July 2017

We stopped here on our drive from Akureyri to Blonduos and we were very happy we did! The museum was a little bit out of our way but it was definitely worth it as it was very cute and bigger than expected. There are three...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank JRWalker
Reviewed 4 August 2016

On a good weather day we spent an hour and a half in the Icelandic emigration Center. Very interesting saga and comprehensive information and well presented, fairly priced. Interesting history of the struggle of Icelanders and a good insight in why they moved to the...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank unnura2016
Reviewed 25 May 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The first hound accounts of the emigrants in their new homeland was fascinating. The museum curator was very helpful and generous with his time. He assisted me in locating 2 different ancestor lines that emigrated to the US.

Date of experience: June 2015
2  Thank Anne S
Reviewed 25 August 2015

Interesting history of the struggle to make ends meet in Iceland, leading to large emigration numbers. Well illustrated in atmospheric buildings. It covered reasons for emigration, the difficulties of the journey, and life for the emigrants. There is also a substantial photographic exhibition included, which...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank GrahamL
Reviewed 20 July 2015

Helpful staff and well-presented information. Able to find out a little more about how and why my great grandparents emigrated to North America?

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank Roger F
Reviewed 10 July 2015

A good place to learn about why, who and how some Icelanders travel to the west and settle there. It is very informative. There are slide shows, books and ledgers and even set up as to what the situation was inside the ship.

Date of experience: June 2015
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Response from GrahamL | Reviewed this property |
It depends on your level of interest (and if you have children with you as there is a lot of reading associated with the exhibits) - you can spend hours there. We were there for about 3 hours. The 1st part deals with why... More