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Museums

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Museums

There is a good variety of museums in Súðavík and the neighboring areas. Súðavík is best known for the Arctic Fox Museum, where you can get to know the Icelandic fox and have a coffee at the museums coffee house. Litlibær in Skötufjörður is a restored traditional old Icelandic house which is now used to serve coffee and waffles to bypassers. It's not a museum, but it's owned by the Icelandic Heritage Museum. The same has to do with the houses in Vigur, island. They are not a museum by them selves, but the houses are protected and were restored by the Icelandic Heritage Museum. 

Vigur

Puffins, eiders, guillemoths and arctic terns are this island's magnets, and they are all abundant. Indeed, as the puffins, which nest in burrows, have dug through much of the island's soil, travellers have to follow a certain path to avoid falling into one. This small bird, by some dubbed the penguin of the north, is a clumsy flier but impresses visitors by artfully stacking its beak full of sand eel or small fish, carrying it home to its hungry chicks. Being the opposite of the hospitable humans that live on the island, the Arctic terns fight to keep intruders away. Luckily, a stick held above the head does the trick. Eiders and humans share a mutual beneficence; eiders get protecion by nesting in close vicinity of the people, who collect the precious down from the eider nests. One of the every day event is when locals feed a group of orphan eider chicks. In Vigur you find the smallest post office in Iceland, as well as the only windmill and beautifully renewed houses. Since an end was put to milk production on Vigur island, the inhabitants spend much of the winter preparing the eider down, collected over the summer, for export.

To get to Vigur, there is a daily boat tour from Ísafjörður.

Westfjords of Iceland

Towns & Villages

The sparsely populated Westfjords region is home to more towns and villages than you might imagine – and each has its own unique atmosphere and attractions.
Get to know more about them here. 

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