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Saeheimar Aquarium

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Heidarvegi 12, Vestmannaeyjar 900, Iceland
+354 481 1997
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Not Worth it

I am surprised by all the positive reviews. We loved almost every stop other than this on our 6... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
sisu3
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
Puffins

This is a very small place and it has puffins. We got to meet all three of the rescue Puffins... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kathie L
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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 over the management. It is now simply called “The Aquarium
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  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Heidarvegi 12, Vestmannaeyjar 900, Iceland
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+354 481 1997
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"stuffed birds"
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"natural history museum"
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"small museum"
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"clams"
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"on display"
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"young man"
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"tiny place"
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"local waters"
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"a real treat"
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"beautiful birds"
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"final stop"
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"great museum"
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"eggs"
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"worth the price"
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"the main attraction"
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"westman islands"
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"an amazing experience"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I am surprised by all the positive reviews. We loved almost every stop other than this on our 6 day Volcano and Glacier guided tour. A thick fog caused a delay in our island vista tour so our guide brought us here instead to see...More

Thank sisu3
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a very small place and it has puffins. We got to meet all three of the rescue Puffins there and the staff and very friendly and knowledgeable about Puffins and where to see them in nature. Great photos of local kids who rescued...More

Thank Kathie L
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This place has lots of interesting information about the sealife/wildlife in the area. They're also a rescue/rehabilitation facility for puffins, who roam the building for the visitors to enjoy. We loved watching the little guys toddle around and play.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We schlep'd all over Iceland to get pictures of puffins, we should have started here, because this was the place to see them. :) They take in injured puffins, and on our tour they brought some out for us to meet face to beak. :)...More

Thank James P
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We came with our family in the summer hoping to see Puffins in their natural habitat. We were so fortunate to visit the Aquarium first to visit with the delightful staff who allowed us to meet not one, not two, but three rescue Puffins! Hadfis,...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A very small aquarium but a lot to see, especially you get to stand next to puffins roaming freely on a small round table - so cute. ~$12 admission fee.

Thank Lan N
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a tiny museum run by a family. But it is worth a stop. There are three exhibit rooms - one with stuffed birds of all kinds, one with large fish tanks of local varieties, one with all sorts of rocks and minerals. The...More

Thank John and Margit G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is very small, but you get a very good insight in the fauna and geology of the island and you will absolutely love Tóti the puffin :)

Thank Nicole K
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a unique experience, getting to interact with a puffin! Our museum guide was so informative and having our picture taken with a puffin was a memorable moment on our trip. Highly recommend starting here when spending a day on the island.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the aquarium as the last stop of our tour of the Westman Islands. This is a small aquarium with maybe 10 tanks of sea life. There is also a number of displays of birds and insects that have been collected on the island....More

Thank AndyB5542
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catk95
3 June 2018|
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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
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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
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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.
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