Saturday, 22 January 2011

Iceland's Rock Museum



It feels like a while since I was on holiday (okay, it was November... it feels longer!) so I've been entertaining myself with looking at photos from past holidays. I didn't have this blog back when Andy and I went cycling round Iceland in 2006, so there's a lot I haven't shown you yet.

The Rock Museum is the perfect tourist trap - and with bus tours arriving several times a day, they seem to have worked out how to print money. We did a back-of-the-envelope calculation in our tent, and I don't remember the result but I do remember that it must have been well over a thousand pounds per day in the summer season.

This isn't a collection of music memorabilia, it's a collection of rocks. Rocks from around the world, and admittedly some of them are quite pretty - but most of the individual specimens aren't that exciting. It's the quantity which is impressive enough to justify a visit: both house and garden are simply full of rocks.





Oh, and you can always buy an Icelandic rock to take home as a souvenir (for which the price was the equivalent of around US$4, at the time!)



18 comments:

lostinsophistication said...

I don't know what it says about me when I immediately associated "rock" with "stone" instead of the music genre. Oh my, I feel like I'm living under a stone. (Pun intended.)

But a rock museum, featuring Icelandic stones? It does seem a bit odd -- but then again I would have fallen for it 100%; there is something about rock that you can't get enough of!

rosaria said...

My father in law used to collect nothing but stones wherever he went. He wasn't even a geologist. Some people collect sand, dirt.
I collect salt and pepper shakers.

Stuff could always be worse said...

I love these rocks, a great idea for a museum!
kim

Ruth said...

beautiful beautiful....

becky said...

I'm one who takes home rocks from places I visit...and I've been to Iceland but never thought to pick up a stone...only stoney pictures...it was an awesome place, wasn't it? Like going to the moon.

Ginny said...

What a strange, strange place! Did you buy a rock? I would have! Do you get a souvenir from everywhere you go?

Vodka Mom said...

i think they're gorgeous!!!

Johanna GGG said...

that looks bizarre - E wants a rock museum in his backyard now

The Good Cook said...

We went to Iceland in July, 2007. I bet my house has more rocks than the Rock Museum. Since my husband was a geologist he has collected rocks since he was a young boy. We have rocks everywhere. I even have a rock in my car that he found on our upstate land that has a shell fossil embedded in it. Rocks ROCK!

Fly Girl said...

Hmmm, this sounded like a tourist trap to me too until I saw your pix. I happen to collect rocks and crystals and some of those Icelandic rocks look worth the price!

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

That's one of those where I wonder "why didn't I think of that one..." too late, already been done. You have to admire the owner's business sense though :-) Love from London xo

liliannattel said...

If you're ever in Toronto, have a look at the rocks in the Royal Ontario Museum. It's a gorgeous collection.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Wow! It looks a fascinating place.

L.C.T. said...

We're going to Iceland for part of our honeymoon - so excited!

Rachel said...

It looks like a monument to an obsession to me!

fafner said...

I"ve been wanting to go to Iceland for while (ever since they started advertising cheap weekend trips on the subway). It looks gorgeous!

Unrelated, this post reminds me of my trip to the Nut Museum in Connecticut. It was basically this one woman's house, but she'd filled it with nuts. Admission to the museum was free, but you had to bring a nut (we brought acorns). I think the woman died about 5 years ago, but I always wondered what happened to all those nuts.

Alice Braga said...

Another rock solid entry, Ms. Cotterill. I'm curious about the other pre-blog treasures you'll dig up.

purplume said...

I love stones. I look for them when I travel. They have so much variety.

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