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Archeology and Astronauts in North Iceland Museum

By Iceland Review

The exhibitions “Archeology in Thingeyjarsýslur” and “Astronauts in Thingeyjarsýslur” opened in the Culture House in Húsavík, the regional museum for the Thingeyjarsýslur county in northeast Iceland (on the ground floor and third floor, respectively), yesterday.


From the museum’s website.

The main aim of the first exhibition is to provide an overview of the main archaeological research that has been carried out in the counties in the past 25 years, as it says on the museum’s website.

Items that have been found during these excavations are on display. Special emphasis is placed on the heathen boat burial that was found at the farm site of Litlu-Núpar in Adaldalur valley in 2007.

The curators of the exhibition are Sigrún Kristjánsdóttir, Guðrún Alda Gísladóttir, Ásgeir Bödvarsson and Sif Jóhannesdóttir. The exhibition will be open until the end of September.


A painting by Erró and a photograph of the astronauts in Iceland. From the museum’s website.

In 1965 and 1967 a group of aAstronauts from NASA preparing for the first moon landing came to the region. They chose the area so they could practice in an environment similar to what they would encounter on the moon.

The highlight of the journey was a visit to the Askja caldera, a site of multiple volcanic eruptions. Amongst the 12 men that have set foot on the moon, nine trained here in the county, including Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.

The exhibition includes a piece of moon rock, which the US government gave Iceland after the first moon landing—it is on loan from the Icelandic Institute of Natural History—and various photographs and artwork featuring the astronauts’ visit and space travel.

The exhibition is curacted by Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson and will also run until the end of September.

For further details on the exhibition, visit the museum’s website. Click here to watch an audio slideshow featuring the museum.

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