Grindavik is a small fishing town in the southern part of the Reykjanes Peninsula. It is one of the few towns with a harbor on this coast that is not full of natural ports. Most of the 3,000 townspeople are engaged in the fishing industry.
The Blue Lagoon, one of the best-known attractions in Iceland, is located just 4 km from the town center. The road to Grindavik (Grindavíkurvegur) leads through lava fields and provides spectacular lunar landscapes. Grindavik is an interesting place in itself for anyone interested in experiencing an authentic fishing village surrounded by spectacular views of lava fields, geological fractures and cracks, small shopping malls and craters.
A dirt track leads to the village's coastline where a lighthouse is located. Along the way you can see the remains of a number of shipwrecks that hit a barge near the village.
The Icelandic Nobel Prize winning author Halldór Laxness once wrote, "When everything has been written and said, life is first and foremost a herring." Life in the Reykjanes Peninsula, as well as elsewhere in Iceland, always revolved around the dried and salted cod in the heyday of this industry. The museum will take you back to the typical Icelandic fishing village of the end of the 19th century. The museum opened in 2002 and wakes all senses in the purpose of showing how Iceland was built on the salty fish industry. This exhibition of Icelandic heritage and culture presents the nation's struggle for survival as well as Icelandic way of life of the past, along with the history of this industry and the inextricable connection of history and prosperity of the nation. The museum stands near the port of Grindavik.