The Art of Volcanoes (Museums in Strange Places S01 E21)

What would it look like if Indiana Jones was into volcanoes and created a museum in a small Icelandic village? The Volcano Museum in Stykkishólmur displays the art and geological specimens collected by volcanologist HaralðurSigurðsson from around the world during his many decades of exploration and research. I speak to museum manager, Filip Polách—a Czech photographer who fell in love with Iceland—about how an Icelandic eruption may have started the French Revolution and how the museum came to have an original Andy Warhol painting of Vesuvius.

Songs used in this episode are “Intro” and “Burning Bridges” by Ceasetone.

Want to know more about living with volcanoes in Iceland? Check out Season 1 Episode 19 of the podcast, “Memorial to an Eruption.”

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 (I love to hear from listeners FYI).

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In The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Ben Stiller’s character longboards into Stykkishólmur (west coast of Iceland), but they filmed the scene in Seyðisfjörður, which is on the opposite side of the country (east coast). Once there, he sees the smoke coming up from Eyjafjallajökull, which actually on the south coast. It’s a crazy mash of geography, but fun nonetheless:

 

Barðabunga eupuption in 2014:

Photos of the Volcano Museum

The Volcano Museum
The Volcano Museum
The Volcano Museum
Museum manager Filip Polách
Haraldur Sigurðsson, founder of the museum
One of the museum’s original Hokusai prints

One of the museum’s two original Hokusai prints

The museum’s original Andy Warhol
Folk art paintings of eruptions in Ecuador and Nicaragua

Photos of Stykkishólmur, Iceland & Surrounding Areas

The harbor at Stykkishólmur
The harbor at Stykkishólmur
The harbor at Stykkishólmur
The harbor at Stykkishólmur
Lava fields around Snæfellsjökull
Lava fields around Snæfelljökull
Snæfelljökull seen from the Svörloft Lighthouse

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