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Skógar (Iceland)
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Coordinates 63 ° 35 ′  N , 19 ° 23 ′  W Coordinates: 63 ° 35 ′  N , 19 ° 23 ′  W
Basic data
Country Iceland


local community Rangárþing eystra
Residents 25th
The church in the open-air museum Skógar, behind it the Eyjafjöll
The church in the open-air museum Skógar, behind it the Eyjafjöll
Pétursey, the fishing boat in the museum
Museum founder Þórður Tómasson
Skógar Museum

Skógar ([ ˈskouːar ], Icelandic "forests") is a small town in the southern Icelandic municipality of Rangárþing eystra with 25 inhabitants and is 4 m above sea level.

To the place

Skógar is 154 kilometers by road from Reykjavík and lies between the glacial volcanoes Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull .

The district school and a regional museum can be found here. The Skógá River flows into the sea a few kilometers away.

The name of the place suggests that the area was probably forested in earlier times.

The most famous attraction of the place is the 60 m high waterfall Skógafoss .

From Skógar from the hiking trail Laugavegur , which over the Fimmvörðuháls and Þórsmörk way to Landmannalaugar leads.

Open-air and local history museum: Byggðasafnið að Skógum

In Skógar there is the year-round local and open air museum Byggðasafnið í Skógum , which was founded in 1949.

The museum director is Þórður Tómasson (born April 28, 1921), who sometimes leads the guests through the collections himself and speaks German as well as English and other languages.

There you can find peat yards and other buildings, mostly from the 19th century, a church and a small school. There is also a transport museum with a large hall full of cars, boats and small planes as well as a larger museum building with everyday objects, handicrafts and works of art.

A vivid exhibit in the museum is the Fjalaköttur (board cat), in which a heavy stone on a board acts as a mousetrap. It will also be demonstrated. Another exhibit are the mutton condoms knitted from wool and the cow bladder, which was used for weather forecasting in earlier times. Another main role is played by the eight-rowed eight oarsman Pétursey (after a nearby island mountain), which was used for fishing in earlier times.

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Web links

Commons : Skógar  - collection of images, videos and audio files