In order to enjoy a couple of visits to the Blue Lagoon it makes a lot of sense to stay overnight in the nearby fishing community of Grindavík, on the south side of the Reykjanes peninsula, Grindavik is worth a visit on its own. This is a pleasant area to do some hiking (for all levels), followed by a refreshing swim at the local pool. Settled in the year 934, the town has remained one of the main sources of salted fish in Iceland. Now there are approximately 2500 inhabitants, most of whom base their livelihoods on fishing and fish-related industries.
Grindavík’s illustrious history goes back to when it was a major trading centre during the Middle Ages in the booming Hanseatic period. It was raided by pirates many times and has been the site of many ship- wrecks over the ages. There is a statue dedicated to the families of local fishermen lost at sea, but even more poignant are the remains of two more recent shipwrecks and their memorials along a circular hike around the town. There is still an active fishing fleet in Grindavík and most of their catches go to the local factory that specialises in processing salted fish for export.
In the late 19th century, salted fish was to Iceland what oil is to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the image of a golden cod was on Iceland’s original coat of arms. As you stroll along one of the best harbours in Iceland, you will arrive at the Icelandic Saltfish Museum, where you can learn more about the industry that is an important element in Iceland’s economic development and prosperity. It opened in 2002 and is dedicated to the history of the salt fish, with a vividly depicted exhibition on the struggle for survival, which is a metaphor for the country as well as the salt fish industry.
The saltfishmuseum is located only a few minutes away from the Blue Lagoon. Visitors are guided through the museum with a CD player and can choose between Icelandic, English, German and French. Caféteria.
|May 15th – September 15th
|September 16th – May 14th
|Also open on request for groups.
Hafnargata 12a 240 Grindavík
Open all year round.