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The abandoned ship Garðar BA-64 in Skápadalur
The abandoned ship Garðar BA-64 in Skápadalur Garðar BA 64 was built in Norway as a whaling vessel 1912, (same year as the Titanic met its final fate) the state of the art ship is the oldest steel ship in Iceland. It was named Globe IV and was equipped with both sails and a steam engine to use when the weather was still. At the end of the second world war the ship was sold to Iceland and named Siglunes SI 89 and the old steam workhorse which has powered it all those years was replaced with a 378 hp Ruston Hornsby diesel engine. In 1963 it finally acquired the name it has today, Garðar. It was a good ship and served it’s owners well for a long time. In desember 1981 Garðar BA 64 was deemed unfit for duty. Instead of sinking it a sea as was the custom in these days, it was and rammed ashore at Skápadalur valley in Patreksfjörður. Today Garðar patiently awaits it’s inevitable rusty fate in the sand providing tourists with a spectacular scene and just the perfect photo opportunity. Entering the inside of the ship is prohibited due to safety reasons
Medical and Health Care Museum Nesstofa
Medical and Health Care Museum Nesstofa Nesstofa in Seltjarnarnes was built in 1760-67 as the official residence for the first Director of Public Health, Bjarni Pálsson (1719-99), who lived in Nesstofa with his wife and children for almost all his career in office. Nesstofa was designed by Danish court architect Jacob Fortling (1711-61) and it is interesting to see how Danish and Icelandic architectural traditions are brought together in the building. Nesstofa is conserved as part of the National Museum of Iceland Historic Buildings Collection. A large-scale and a long-time restoration project has recently been largely completed. The restoration project was carried out in two stages: The first stage commenced in 1980, when the exterior of the building was repaired, and the western half restored to its original form, together with the annex including cellar and loft. This former stage of restoration was completed in 1986. Major renovations recommenced in 2004 where the eastern part and the entire upper floor were restored, and the finishing touches were made to the restoration of the exterior. In addition, the surrounding area was made good. Nesstofa is now in care of the The Medical History Museum of Iceland and the county of Seltjarnarnes according to a special agreement with the National Museum of Iceland.