No matter what happens on the Westman Islands off Iceland’s south coast–invading pirates, mass Mormon exoduses, months-long volcanic eruptions, mysterious diseases, perilous fishing waters–the island people, Eyjamenn, always come back to rebuild and repopulate. That’s what makes their home island, Heimaey, so unique. In this episode, I visit the local history museum to hear the stories that define them.
Music in this episode is by Sume.
This episode is sponsored by Locatify. Locatify is an Icelandic software company specializing in mobile apps that use location technologies for Immersive audio guides, treasure hunt games, Augmented Reality and indoor GPS.
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Welcome to Museums in Strange Places. I’m your host, Hannah Hethmon, and this is a podcast for people who love museums, stories, culture, and exploring the world.
In this season of the podcast, I’m visiting the museums of Iceland to discover what stories they hold and how they reflect and shape Iceland’s unique cultural identity.
The podcast is hosted by me, Hannah Hethmon, an American Fulbright Fellow living in Reykjavík. You can find and follow me on Twitter and Instagram @hannah_rfh.
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DirectorBaltasar Kormákur made a great film about the fisherman who swam to shore despite all the odds. It’s called “The Deep,” and stars the fantastic Icelandic actor Olafur Dári.
A scientific article on the neonatal tetanus that plagued the island for many years.
“The Westman Islands of Iceland – the Settler, the Beautiful Stave Church & more interesting Things” by Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir
“Herjólfsbærinn – Herjólfur’s Old Farmstead in the Westman Islands” by Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir
Official festival song from 2017:
Official festival song from 2011:
Photos of the Vestmannaeyjar/ Westman Islands
Photos of the Sagnheimar Museum