Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum
Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum holds a history of generations of shark fishing and processing. The visit includes shark tasting and a live presentation of this history and interesting facts about the Greenland shark. After the museum, be sure to visit the drying house where the shark has to hang to dry.
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  • 1957
    Ottawa, Canada830 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique experience..
    As part of our Gate 1 tour, we stopped along the Snoefellness Peninsula to experience this unique Icelandic adventure. This shark museum is family operated, it holds a history of generations of shark fishing and processing. A live presentation explains interesting facts about the Greenland Shark. There is also a video to watch. You can also visit where the sharks hang to dry. Then you can taste a small piece of shark, you chew about 5-6 times then the ammonia comes out ..it’s nauseating, then they give you rye bread and an alcool chaser to get the taste away.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 June 2023
  • HeritageK
    48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tasting the stinky shark
    It was a very unique experience that I believe can only be found in Iceland. The story behind how this Icelandic delicacy, the stinky shark, came about is amazing! After a short presentation, you will be offered three different way of tasting it: with a shot of vodka, with a small piece of bread or just by itself (the Expert level). I suggest that you start with the shot of vodka, then by the bread, and if you so brave, try the meat by itself. The outer layer of the meat has a firm texture, juicy, slightly sweet and not stinky at all. However, as soon as you bite into the middle part of the meat and a very strong ammonia smell gushing out, I hope you are all ready for that. If you are nearby that area, I strongly recommend you to spend a hour or so to visit this Shark Museum. You won't be disappointed!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Poppenlander
    259 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Been there, done that, got the T-shirt . . .
    OK, so this is definitely one of those, "I want to be able to say that I did that" type of experiences. This small museum plays a short video about the history of shark hunting in Iceland, combined with an introductory talk from one of the staffers. Then, you're offered an opportunity to eat a piece of fermented shark, along with rye bread to cut the strong flavor. As expected, the texture was rubbery, reminiscent of octopus or other seafood. And yes, the fermented meat does taste like ammonia. I had two pieces, one with the rye bread and one without. It was all right. The museum itself is small, and might be more interesting to a hard core history buff or those who enjoy seeing traditional equipment and methods. Personally, I found the most interesting part to be the chance to see the drying meat on the racks behind the main building (you can find pictures of this on other reviews). But at around $20 USD per person for an experience that lasted less than an hour, I am not sure if the overall package is worth it - unless you just want to say that you ate the fermented shark.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 December 2023
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David M
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This “museum” has virtually nothing to do with sharks or museums. A more accurate description of it would be “a room full of non-shark-related junk collected by a family that used to hunt sharks 50+ years ago.” A total waste of your money.
Written 9 April 2024
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wood c
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
What an Amazing Facility!! The Natural Beauty of the Area, was truly Stunning!!
The Own was very personable and pleasant to speak with.
The history that’s contained was truly fascinating!!
The Fermented Shark was Delicious!
Written 11 March 2024
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Poppenlander
Seattle, Washington, United States259 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
OK, so this is definitely one of those, "I want to be able to say that I did that" type of experiences. This small museum plays a short video about the history of shark hunting in Iceland, combined with an introductory talk from one of the staffers. Then, you're offered an opportunity to eat a piece of fermented shark, along with rye bread to cut the strong flavor. As expected, the texture was rubbery, reminiscent of octopus or other seafood. And yes, the fermented meat does taste like ammonia. I had two pieces, one with the rye bread and one without. It was all right.

The museum itself is small, and might be more interesting to a hard core history buff or those who enjoy seeing traditional equipment and methods. Personally, I found the most interesting part to be the chance to see the drying meat on the racks behind the main building (you can find pictures of this on other reviews). But at around $20 USD per person for an experience that lasted less than an hour, I am not sure if the overall package is worth it - unless you just want to say that you ate the fermented shark.
Written 15 December 2023
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HeritageK
48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
It was a very unique experience that I believe can only be found in Iceland. The story behind how this Icelandic delicacy, the stinky shark, came about is amazing!

After a short presentation, you will be offered three different way of tasting it: with a shot of vodka, with a small piece of bread or just by itself (the Expert level). I suggest that you start with the shot of vodka, then by the bread, and if you so brave, try the meat by itself.

The outer layer of the meat has a firm texture, juicy, slightly sweet and not stinky at all. However, as soon as you bite into the middle part of the meat and a very strong ammonia smell gushing out, I hope you are all ready for that.

If you are nearby that area, I strongly recommend you to spend a hour or so to visit this Shark Museum. You won't be disappointed!
Written 30 September 2023
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ChaiTea
Maumelle, AR101 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
I so wish we had not gone on this tour after finding out that the Greenland shark matures at 100 years old and can live to be 500 years old and there are not many left. Why sell its meat to tourists? Sure if it is delicacy just for Iceland residents but promoting it to non-citizens and killing these unusual animals is sad.
Written 3 July 2023
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1957
Ottawa, Canada830 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
As part of our Gate 1 tour, we stopped along the Snoefellness Peninsula to experience this unique Icelandic adventure. This shark museum is family operated, it holds a history of generations of shark fishing and processing. A live presentation explains interesting facts about the Greenland Shark. There is also a video to watch. You can also visit where the sharks hang to dry. Then you can taste a small piece of shark, you chew about 5-6 times then the ammonia comes out ..it’s nauseating, then they give you rye bread and an alcool chaser to get the taste away.
Written 3 June 2023
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The Thing about
Arlington, TX22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Great stop while exploring the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. A must stop if your looking to have an experience unique to Iceland. Friendly staff, interesting history, and test of bravery (eating the fermented shark).

STRONG ammonia smell and taste. Rubbery texture. The rye bread flavor is strong enough to cut the shark flavor in half. Bring your own chaser!
Written 20 September 2022
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GRZ
Chicago, IL10,626 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Is this place a must on the way through Snæfellsjökull peninsula? I am not sure, but the person doing the presentation definitely conveyed an interesting story behind the shark "hunting" era and how they get their shark meat nowadays, process it etc. - I won't say more as otherwise I will take away from the best part of the experience

The opportunity to try the shark meat and see it outside "cold smoking house" is pretty unique, even for such a rich place like Iceland so if that's something on your bucket list then I say go for it!

TIP: while getting to here make sure to avoid the route 54 east of the route 56/54 intersection - going west the route 54 is perfectly fine but going east all the way to route 60, which is about 1 hour of driving!!!, it's a gravel route - sadly most likely you will end up taking it like we did while circling the island as otherwise going back to 54 is just too much time wasted - just keep that in mind, some pot holes and gravel, in the winter I would definitely avoid it but coming from the south via 56 is perfectly fine
Written 10 August 2022
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funwithfamilyVA
Leesburg, VA143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Good stop if you are in the area. You don’t need a lot of time here… 30 minutes or so is really plenty. It’s a family run operation that provides some history of the shark fishing business… you get to try the fermented shark… and the scenery around the us otherworldly!
Written 1 August 2022
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Hans Peter Birk H
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Very interesting storytelling about the greenland shark and how its meat was used. On top of that tasting of fermented sharkmeat.
Written 20 July 2022
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