Hveragerdi - Stone and Mineral Museum

Family run Museum
Laufskogar 31, Hveragerdi
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The school visits are great fun and we are very happy to inspire young people about nature and geology.
We service school groups from all over the world and do our best to inspire all our visitors to explore the beautiful science around them - Nature.
If you want to bring a group for a half an ho...

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Hi y'all
We hope you've had a lovely weekend.
To start this Monday we have this nice and simple video explaining Plate Tectonics.
The reason being is that Iceland and it's volcanic activity is a 'hot' topic at the moment where several areas are showing signs of eruption.

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Here at our museum is at least one very enthusiastic person waiting with great suspense. :D

Check out the link below for more information about the current indications of the next possible volcanic eruption in Iceland.

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Hello friends
Now when the latter half of summer is dawning and the night draws a bit darker I find myself inclined
to share a poem about the beauty of Iceland, for this is my favorite time of year. ❤️

The Traveler's Dream

The fields of blue on the island of green
where the vikings settled and...

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Sigurður Pálsson and his wife Sigrún Sigfúsdóttir found some enormous samples. One being this amazing petrified wood piece from the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Without a doubt, one of the biggest in private belongings in Iceland.

The Ljósbrá Family Handcrafting.
We do not only have a phenomenal stone and mineral museum, we also take pride in our handcrafting.
So we decided, when we opened up the museum, to have a handcrafting workshop on-site so people can see how things are done and also buy a unique handmade Icelandic p...

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One of the largest
~ Stone & Mineral collections in Iceland ~
A family collection since 1960. Here you'll be greeted by family members who will tell you their story and introduce Iceland's vast and various Geology.
- Icelandic Nature in One Place -
Best regards,
The Ljósbrá Family

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Testimonials

a year ago
The geology and fossil collection was very interesting. The shop features hand crafted gifts made of local materials at very reasonable prices. There are beautiful horses outside. I highly recommend visiting.
- Jackie J
2 years ago
Amazing collection and kind, generous proprietor. We loved this place!!
- A T
a year ago
Well worth a visit. Make sure to meet Thor a local who collects the minerals and even can recall date and place. Make sure to pick up your dragon glass at various prices Game of Thrones fans.
- Andrew P

Hveragerdi - Stone & Mineral Museum

~ From a dream to reality ~

The stone and mineral collection was owned by Sigurður Pálsson (Siggi) and Sigrún Sigfúsdóttir who started collecting when they lived in Höfn in Hornarfjörður around 1960.    Sigurður was a policeman there and soon he became head of county. The couple met Gísli Arason collector and he taught them the tips and tricks of the collector.
      Few years later they moved from the East fjords and all the way to the West side of the island. With their three sons, Ingvar, Sævar and Sigmar, they settled and move to the fishing village Stykkishólmur. On their travels around the West fjords, they continued collecting and expanded their collection a lot. They didn't only collect rocks, stones and minerals they liked, but went on specific hikes all around the island to find different samples. Sigurður had books about the geology of Iceland and was becoming one heck of a self-trained geologist. He even went on trips and hikes abroad to find specific samples and fossils.
              More and more fossils were collected and so their whole collection showed vastness and variety which would become quite unique in the Icelandic collecting world.
     They moved again and now to the South coast, in more detail, Hveragerði - The Blossoming town. There they continued their travels, hiking and collecting and their sons would also come along. They ran Hótel Ljósbrá and alongside it Ból Hostel. They had tours and excursions for tourists and were entrepreneurs in that industry which now has become a big thing in Iceland where there are many companies, big and small alike, that do tours and excursions. 
      Siggi and Sigrún have now past away and Ingvar, their oldest son, inherited their collection. He and his daughter's family (Sjöfn, Hafsteinn and three grandsons) decided to gather the collection and put it on display for the first time. It had always been their dream to open up a exhibition and now it has become a reality. The name of the museum in English is Hveragerði - Stone & Mineral Museum and in Icelandic Ljósbrá - Steinasafn (hence the hotels name)

The family has been known for doing all sorts of artwork and crafting so here, in the one and same place, you are able to experience a tradition of collecting, a glance of beautiful specimens and pop into our workshop to see what we are up to and designing from day to day with our handcrafting.
We only use Icelandic woods, rocks and minerals in our crafting to make it even more authentic and special. A souvenir that has a story and meaning will give you a greater deal more in return and make your visit even more memorable.

We welcome you all and if there are any questions, don‘t hesitate to contact us.

Best regards,
The Ljósbrá Family

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Laufskogar 31
810 Hveragerdi
Iceland
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