Iceland’s Bjarnarhofn

Located a few miles outside of Stykkisholmur, Iceland, The Bjarnarhofn is a family owned farm. It provides a fascinating  look into the history of shark fishing, and also the interesting processes of preparing hakarl, Iceland’s curious fermented shark dish. 

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The museum contains an amazing collections of artifacts related to the industry, as well as other items that give a look into the lives of Icelanders throughout the years. There is also quite a collection of taxidermied animals.

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The highlight however is a trip out to the barn itself to see the shark meat hanging in the barn as it ‘cures’. It’s both disgusting and fascinating.

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No visit is complete, however, without trying the shark itself. It’s offered to all guests in the museum building with a piece of rye bread. It’s not particularly appetizing idea after seeing it hanging in the barn, but it should be tried as it is a quintessential Icelandic experience.

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