Replicas of all whales found in Icelandic waters can be viewed at a new museum in Reykjavik.

Replicas of all whales found in Icelandic waters can be viewed at a new museum in Reykjavik.

Whale museum number two in Iceland has just opened its doors in the Grandi harbor area of Reykjavik city. This means you can get up close and personal with those large beasts of the ocean without actually bracing the cold of a real whale watching trip.

Probably a welcomed show for unseaworthy folks so to speak. After all, a three hour tour in a small boat in choppy waters and cold climate is not for all. Worse yet, when those tours offer nothing since there is no known method of getting whales to show up on cue.

That said, there is something not quite right about showing models of whales just steps away from their natural habitat. Seems we should all make the effort if there is real interest.

The new museum is quite large and you´ll be able to see full-size models of over 20 whale species, all of which are found swimming in the North Atlantic. The kids will more than likely scream with fascination if not familiar with those majestic creatures. Of course, junk Chinese-made souvenirs are also on offer.

The museum is in an area known as Grandi which is about ten to fifteen minute walk away from downtown Reykjavik. A nice walk if the weather holds.It is open daily 09 – 18 and admission is 25$ / 18€. Homepage.

There is a second one, much older and smaller, in the town of Husavik in the North of Iceland.

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