Sagnheimar museum and the Skans area

The Sagnheimar museum gives a good insight into the unique history of Vestmannaeyjar: fishing, pirate invasion in 1627, volcanic eruption of Heimaey, Þjóðhátíð festival, travels of icelandic mormons to Utah and many more. Skansinn was originally a fortification built for defence against foreign traders and was manned by armed guards after the island was raided by pirates in 1627. 

At Skansinn is a stave (wooden) church, a modern replica of the first church built in Vestmannaeyjar around 1000 AD. The church was built in 2000 to mark the millennium of Christianity in Iceland and is a gift from the Norwegian government.  Landlyst, one of the oldest house in Vestmannaeyjar (from 1848), is located at Skansinn and is now a medical museum.

  • Type: Vikings Heritage


How to find us

Opening Hours

The Skans area is always open. 
The stave church and Landlyst:
15/5-15/9 11:00-17:00. 

Sagnheimar museum: 
1/5-30/9 10:00 – 17:00.
1/10-30/4 Saturdays 13:00-16:00.