In the years 1850-1914, thousands of Icelanders immigrated to North America because of climatic, social and economic situation in Iceland. The Icelandic Emigration Center, is a place where you can learn all about the fascinating story of how Icelanders left their homes in search for a better life in a new land.
What we think is so amazing about the center is how diverse it is. Visitors are able to read the stories of the emigration in a setup where the stories are brought to life, which is what makes this such a great experience, see hundreds of photographs of the Icelandic emigrants and so much more. One amazing thing about the center is that they provide genealogical informations service. Since almost one fifth of the Icelandic nation emigrated to America, many Icelanders have relatives there. In many cases the staff has helped restore contact between relatives generations after it had been lost.
They offer 4 different exhibitions in three separate buildings, located by the harbour. The houses are old fashioned and neat, they surely bring the village it’s class. The service is also professional and friendly, it’s so nice to be welcomed with a smile from the staff at the center who are determined to make every visitor enjoy their visit as much as possible.
Yes, we really recommend visiting the Icelandic emigration center. It’s such a wonderful way to learn new things!