Húsið á Eyrarbakka

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One of Iceland’s oldest houses, built by Danish traders in 1765, Húsið á Eyrarbakka has glass display cabinets explaining the town’s history, interesting rooms restored with original furniture, and a stuffed bird collection. Keep an eye out for Ólöf Sveinsdóttir’s shawl, hat and cuffs, knitted from her own hair. The entry fee includes access to other town attractions, including a maritime museum.

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