KVIKAN – House of Culture and Natural Resources

Kvikan is the cultural house of Grindavík. Diverse cultural activities take place in Kvikan, for example events, performances, lectures, choir rehearsals and so much more. Kvikan announces events on their Facebook page. Kvikan also offers Tourist Information and maps for the Reykjanes Peninsula area.

On the second floor of the building is the exhibition “Saltfish in the history of the nation”. The exhibition should be interesting for foreign tourists, informative for schoolers, and enjoyable for all who want to know about the industry here.

As the 18th century progressed, and deck ships began to replace rowing ships, salted fish became Iceland’s main export. Until then, wading and crawling had been the basis of foreign trade. With the advent of trawlers, salted fish processing became a heavy industry, and salted fish has since been significant to the economy’s performance. The museum takes you through the history of saltfish and lets you experience the journey of all the stages involved, to make and transport saltfish.

Texts in the exhibition are in both Icelandic and English
Coffee and tea (including bathroom fee) – 250 kr.
Bathroom fee – 100 kr.
No entry fee for the exhibition

Opening hours

  1. May – 31. August           Every day from 11:00am – 17:00pm
  2. September – 14. May   Everyday but Sunday from 11:00am – 17:00pm

It is also possible for groups to come outside opening hours by arangement.

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