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Saeheimar Aquarium

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Loved it!

Very informative, the people were also very friendly. Their little mascot puffin has recently... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Maggie C
New Brunswick, Canada
via mobile
Friendly local wildlife museum

Friendly little museum with taxidermy and live fish/crustaceans in small sized tanks. We were... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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The “Aquarium and Natural History Museum of Vestmannaeyjar” was opened in 1964 and is the oldest museum of its kind in the country. The museum was run by the town of Vestmannaeyjar until January 2010 when the Research Center of Vestmannaeyjar took...more
Heidarvegi 12, Vestmannaeyjar 900, Iceland
+354 481 1997
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very informative, the people were also very friendly. Their little mascot puffin has recently passed, so we didn’t get to see him, but they had another resident puffin they brought out to visit. The lady mentioned that they’re hoping to build a newer, bigger location...More

Thank Maggie C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Friendly little museum with taxidermy and live fish/crustaceans in small sized tanks. We were pleasantly welcomed by the staff who took their time to introduce to their resident puffin Thor and walk us through some of the exhibits and their endeavour to rescue pufflings across...More

Thank Wisdom_of_Baba
Reviewed 5 days ago

The variety of sea and air wild life in the museum is well presented and incredibly varied. I guarantee that you will see things from the area that you have never seen before, And then there are the live puffins, up close and personal. We...More

Thank s1jag
Reviewed 6 days ago

After being up north where all the puffins had already left we were starting to think we wouldn't get to see any puffins in their nature environment but a visit to the Saeheimar Aquarium meant we were able to talk to the locals and were...More

Thank diannethomas57
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just loved this, arrived at the end of the season when the Puffins has left and Pufflings were arriving confused in the town ahead of making their way to the sea. The aquarium is the central point for Puffling rescue and refuge with locals bringing...More

Thank freedom_foodies
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here with a tour group. The aquarium is cool and there are so many taxidermy animals to study. These people also work with the community to rescue baby puffins. We saw one before re-release. There’s also a resident rescue puffin which was super cute.

Thank Starworshipper
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cute local aquarium and natural history museum that doubles as an animal rescue center and sanctuary. It's family-run, and very much a place where locals go in and out. They encourage wildlife awareness among kids by teaching them how to rescue wild birds - young...More

Thank PKRead26
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum. Their collection of taxidermied specimens was impressive as was their aquarium section. Only disappointment is that they no longer allow visitors to handle live Puffins which contradicts all the photos and advertisement videos for this place. We were really looking forward to that.

2  Thank SeattleKC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So don't go here expecting a big crazy aquarium, a la Boston Aquarium or some other large site. This is basically a bunch of fish tanks, and a couple of smaller tanks you can put your hands in and touch creatures. The real thing is...More

1  Thank Jesse E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum was OK. You get to see a life puffin close witch is not something you see every day, The fish tanks were OK but need a touch up. The same goes with all the stuffed animals that make up the Icleandic flora.

Thank Gunnlaugur Þór G
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3 June 2018|
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Response from Wander677990 | Reviewed this property |
We got very close to the puffin, they brought it right out with us. We touched it and so did others (I'm not talking like aggressively patting a dog, just a brush with the finger). The puffin survived and will be just fine... More
Mary F
2 February 2018|
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Response from marekw | Reviewed this property |
Best to overnight somewhere on the South Coast and do a day trip to the Westmann Islands. It really is worth a visit and a full day. If you really want to push it Google Maps says the ferry terminal is 139km from Reykjavik... More
Mary F
28 December 2017|
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Response from Am1121 | Reviewed this property |
You can play with him! But not hold or pet him.