In 2006 a new Sea Ice Exhibition Centre was opened
in Blönduós, Iceland. Author of text displayed was Dr Thor
Edward Jakobsson, sea ice specialist and meteorologist in Reykjavik.
The beautifully presented display is housed in the
oldest wooden building in Iceland, known as Hillebrandt’s House,
which itself has a long and interesting history. The exhibition comprises
posters, photographs and artifacts relating to the Arctic. Subjects
covered range from explaining what sea ice actually is, weather aspects,
East Greenland and the king of the Arctic, the polar bear.
Blönduós was chosen as the most appropriate
location because it sits on the edge of Huna Bay in the north-west of
Iceland where sea ice is most commonly found. This resourceful island
population has often in the past had to adapt to the difficulties of
blocked sailing routes and restricted access to fishing areas for several
months of the year.
Open 11.00-16.00 daily during the summer, closed in
Hafíssetrið – Sea Ice Exhibition Centre
Tel: (+345) 452 4848