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An old warehouse relocated for the fourth time. Set to be part of the Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður

  • Siglufjörður harbour area. The Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður will soon have a new addition: An old, humble building known simply as Salthúsið. Photo/Stefán Karlsson

According to the National Broadcasting Service the Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður will soon have a new addition: An old, humble building known simply as Salthúsið (The Salt House). The house was recently moved from the neighbouring village of Akureyri – making this the fourth time the old building is relocated.

The house was constructed in Suðureyri, in the Westfjords, near the end of the 19th century and served as a warehouse. It was later taken apart and moved, bit by bit, to the village of Tálknafjörður, South Westfjords. In 1946 it was moved yet again, this time to Akureyri, North Iceland.

 

Salthúsið in its new home, Siglufjörður. Photo/Síldarminjasafnið

The old house will be renovated and updated this winter and should be ready for use, come spring.

The Herring Era Museum celebrates the “glory days” of Iceland‘s herring industry which began during the 1930‘s and lasted well into the 50‘s.
The museum is a recreation of a typical herring factory and consists of three buildings, each showing a different aspect of the herring industry. The museum was awarded the Icelandic Muesum Award in 2000 and the European Museum Award in 2004.

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