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The Herring Era Museum

The Herring Era Museum is Iceland’s largest maritime museum.

The Boat House recreates the town’s bustling harbour of the 1950s, with many old fishing boats at the dock.

Grána, a herring meal and oil factory of the 1930s shows how men and machines processed herring into meal and oil.

The oldest museum building is Róaldsbrakki, built as a Norwegian herring station in 1907, it now includes an exhibition on herring salting in Iceland. The old building has largely been left as it was when it housed dozens of girls working in the herring fishery. In summer on the museum dock there is a show of salting herring into barrels, singing and dancing to accordion music.

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The Folk Music Centre

The Folk Music Centre in Siglufjordur is located in Madame House where the Rev. Bjarni Thorsteinsson lived from 1888 to 1898.

The centre brings to life the world of Icelandic folk music. Visitors cansee video recordings of people of all ages chanting epic poetry (rímur), singing quint-songs (tvísöngur), reciting nursery rhymes, and playing folk instruments such as the langspil (similar to dulcimer) and the Icelandic violin (fiðla).

The centre also depicts the life of the Rev. Bjarni Thorsteinsson and how he collected the folk songs. Folk music concerts take place during Friday or Saturday evenings in July and August.