in 1998, the Natural History Museum at Bolungarvik provides a
comprehensive overview of the bird and mammal life indigenous
the Westfjords region. It houses an impressive mineral
collection and boasts one of Iceland’s largest taxidermy
collections including a polar bear that was killed 64 kilometers
(40 mi) offshore after drifting from Greenland on pack ice.
The museum is located in the centre of Bolungarvík and has in
display a variety of natural items as stuffed land and sea
mammals, over 250 stuffed birds, both icelandic breeders with
their eggs and many vagrants.
There are rocks and minerals mainly from the collection of a
local geologist Steinn Emilsson and some millions year old
pieces of lignite testimonials of the ancient Icelandic forest.
The jaw from the biggest blue whale known to have been caught
and thus the biggest animal ever known goes together with a
series of poster regarding whale and whaling in Iceland. The
display is corporation project between Natural history Museum
and Skrúður, the botanical garden in Dýrafjörður.
A new display about raven includes not only a real nest but
artefacts and stories telling the relationship between this
wonderful bird and the Icelandic culture over the centuries.