Iceland’s Unique Culture


Not that I need one, but now I have a definite reason for returning to Iceland. It has more offbeat museums than any other place I’ve been.  I didn’t realize this when I was there, but I picked up a small booklet named The Iceland Museum Guide 2015 and found what follows.

In Stokkseyri, The Ghost Center.  It features all of Iceland’s most famous phantoms.  Apparently a separate museum, Icelandic Wonders is a place dedicated to elves, trolls, and Northern Lights.  Guests get to walk into a troll cave.  Damn!

In Selfoss, the Bobby Fischer Center.  This chess phenonenon moved to Iceland and is buried near this center devoted to him and his career.  This is also a local chess clubhouse that offers lectures.

In Akureyri, Sverrir’s Sundry Collection.  I missed my chance to see this appliance and household museum with a collection of gramophone needles because it’s only opened from mid-May to Mid-September.  &%#*⇓!

In Blönduós, the Sea Ice Center.   In an old wooden house, this place “holds an assortment of information on sea ice” and tells about Iceland’s continuing struggle with it.

In Isafjördur, the Accordion Museum.  The description of it promises a unique collection.  ‰þ£&^!

In Flateyri, The Nonsense Museum. Here’s everyone’s chance to see police caps, specially packed sugar cubes, wartime tobacco packets, Pez dispensers, etc.  Trust me, this is not the weirdest one!  However, it’s close.  Read on.

In Reykholt, the Icelandic Goat Center where you might get to meet Casanova, who guested on Game of Thrones.  He was seen running away from a dragon. 180 different types of roses grow in IGC’s garden.

Cue the drumroll.  Here’s the weirdest of them all.  In Reykjavik, the Icelandic Phallological Museum.  Yes.  a museum devoted to the penis with a collection of phallic specimens!!!!!



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Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roadsrus

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