This immense and interesting mineral collection was founded by Petra Sveinsdottir, who began collecting rocks in the mountains around Stöðvarfjordur while still a child but started building her mineral collection when she bought her house in 1946 and continued adding to her collections up until she was of old age. Her home and garden gradually became filled with rocks and minerals and it is said to be the largest private collection of rocks in the world. In a way, her collecting work had taken place in her mind all her life. She once said: “I knew where to go when I started my true collecting work”, she explained. The museum reflects the unbelievable dedication and passion she had for her collection as well as the unique geographical position of East Iceland as the oldest part of the country.
Petra’s Stone and Mineral Collection has long been one of top attractions of those travelling through the East fjords of Iceland and the museum welcomes around 20-25 thousand visitors each year. It is truly an amazing experience to see the lifework and dedication shown to the mineral collection. Many guests have a strong reaction to what they experience when exploring the collection and some even become emotional. It is one of these things that you just have to experience to yourself!
There is a lovely small café on the museum site that is well appreciated by visitors. It is open during the each summer (1.June – 15.September) from 10:00 – 17:00 every day.
Petra’s Stone Collection Museum has a great website – www.steinapetra.is. It’s full of information about Petra herself, the history of the collection and minerals in general. We thoroughly recommend to have a look on their website to learn more about this wonderfully interesting place.