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Byggðasafnið Hvoll

Most people only pitch up here en route to Grímsey or to go whale watching, but should you find yourself with time to kill take a quick look inside the folklore museum, Byggðasafnið Hvoll, one block back from the harbour. Of the four small sections, it’s the collection of photographs and personal belongings of Iceland’s tallest man, Jóhann Kristinn Pétursson, born in nearby Svarfaðardalur valley in 1913, that catches the eye. Measuring a whopping 2.34m in height (7ft 7in), Jóhann the Giant, as he was known locally, spent most of his life performing in circuses in Europe and America before retiring to Dalvík, where he died in 1984. The museum also contains a collection of birds’ eggs, several species of stuffed seabirds and a stuffed polar bear.

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