June 1st - August 31st: 12 am - 6 pm
September - May: By arrangement
Please call 467-2300 during summer time, 898-0270 during winter time
The centre also depicts the life of the Rev. Bjarni Thorsteinsson and how he collected the folk songs. Folk music concerts take place during Friday or Saturday evenings in July and August.
Bjarni Þorsteinsson (1861-1938)
Rev. Bjarni Þorsteinsson was Iceland´s foremost collector of folk music. He was also a talented musician and a composer of many pieces for solo voice and choir, of which many are frequently sung in Iceland. He started collecting folk songs about 1880 and after 25 years published the book Icelandic Folk Songs (Íslensk Þjóðlög) with the support of the Carlsberg Foundation in Denmark. The book has hundreds of folk songs, some Bjarni notated after listening to singers and chanters from various parts of the country, and others where sent to him from fellow collectors. On the 100 year anniversary of Bjarni's book, the Folk Music Center was officially opened, in July 2006. Bjarni worked in Siglufjordur his whole life. Apart from being the priest of the town he was an active politician and is by many considered the "father of Siglufjordur."