Fish & folk; 150 years of fisheries

The exhibition is about the history of the Icelandic fisheries, from the time when rowing boats gave way to large fishing vessels. This rich history is told from the perspective of Iceland’s biggest fishing port, Reykjavík. Guided tours and introductions available in english.

Á sýningunni Fiskur & fólk. / At the exhibition Fish & folk.
Maritime museum

The value of fish to the Icelandic nation cannot be overstated. Over the centuries fish has been a staple of the Icelandic diet, and one of the nation’s most important exports. The Fish & Folk exhibition is built around the central character of this history: the fish itself. The fish is followed from the ocean, into the net, on board the boat, onto dry land and to its final destination – the plate.

Rich visuals, both photographs and film, create a vibrant mood in the exhibition and deepen the visitor experience. It is possible to watch and listen to interviews with experts – mariners, marine biologists and fish factory workers – and old records from the fisheries in earlier times are also included. A range of interactive screens and games encourage participation, and various unusual features capture the attention and imagination, such as an enormous tower of dried saltfish and a tub full of less-desirable curiosities fished from the sea: plastic and other waste.


Guided tours and introductions available in english. 


College and university teachers are invited to make use of the museum's versatile facilities. Please contact the museum education team for booking a visit. 

Admission is free for school groups of all ages when booked in advance.


To book a visit email us at




Reykjavík Maritime Museum

Grandagarður 8

101 Reykjavík

Tel: (+354) 411 6340


For groups (10+) bookings please send a request to:


Opening hours

Opening hours

Open daily 10:00-17:00

Óðinn Coast Guard Vessel

No guided tours available at the moment.

Christmas & New Year

Closed 24-25 Dec

Open 26 Dec 10:00-17:00

Open 31 Dec 10:00-14:00

Open 1 Jan 12:00-17:00


Maundy Thursday 10:00-17:00

Good Friday - closed

Easter Sunday - closed

Easter Monday 10:00-17:00



Adults 18+

2,220 ISK

Children 0-17 years

Free admission


Free admission

Óðinn Guided Tour

1,710 ISK

Museum + Óðinn

3,410 ISK

Students with student card

Museum 1,370 ISK, Óðinn 1,370 ISK

Reykjavík Culture Year Pass

7,770 ISK

City Card holders

Free admission

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