Curious, strange and refreshingly normal
The absence of people leaves more space for imagination. With a total area of 9400 km2 and only 7000 inhabitants, each inhabitant of the Westfjords theoretically has more than a square kilometer for himself. This, and being surrounded by steep mountains that the sun in winter oftentimes cannot surmount, make the Westfjords a magical place and home to many stories and folkloristic tales - some of them darker than others.
Out of this world
Like a monument for the lifelong pursuit of one‘s own passions, Samúel Jónsson‘s (1884-1969) sculptures and buildings nestle into the remote hills of seal-valley. After turning 65 years old and receiving a pension, he dedicated his life to his now considered naive folk or outsider art. He painted, sculpted and even built a museum and a church, entirely without electricity or machinery. His colorful works were inspired by pictures and postcards from all over the world, for he himself never made it abroad. Thankfully his artwork has been restored and can be visited at the Samúel Jónsson's Art Museum in Selárdalur.
Take a peak into other people's lives!
Two rather unusual museums welcome the curious in Ísafjörður: in the Museum of Everyday Life it is possible to step into another person's shoes by listening to their stories.
The Nonsense Museum deals with the sheer joy of collecting for the sake of collecting.
Whether it's a Matchbox-, sugar cube- or tea-spoon collection - the museum surprises and makes you laugh with the presented collections!
The dark times of the witchhunt
During the second half of the 17th century, the witchhunt found its way into Iceland and there, especially into the Westfjords. In contrast to other areas in the world, in Iceland, mostly men were convicted and executed for sorcery and witchcraft. In the Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft in Hólmavík and on other historical sites in the Strandir area their stories come back to life.