It didn't have the glam and size of the museums in Oslo, but the rock museum in Höfn certainly had it's small town charm. The museum was owned by a local couple and is driven by the husband's passion for hunting down the most interesting stones in Iceland and displaying them in his museum.
He gave us a personal tour of the museum and even showed us the rock that started his collection. The museum was particularly interesting because it is housed in the old Höfn pool. So, you might run into an old locker room, and the owners have decorated the pool areas in rocks.
In the tour, we were taken down to where he polishes the rocks. This led us through some areas where stalagmite formations had grown. I think they were formed from some chemicals that were used in the pool, but it seemed very fitting since we were touring a rock museum.
At the end of the tour he let each of us pick out one of his polished rocks to take home. It was a very nice gesture. All in all I think we spent maybe 2+ hours in the rock museum - a lot longer than I expected to spend in there! But the stories from the owners (translated for me, of course) really added to the experience and made it a nice museum-outing in Höfn. After the rock museum, we visited the art museum (yes, there is one in Höfn).
If you know me, then you know I'm less impressed with art, but it's still nice to have a bit of culture in a small town. In the art museum in the reception area, you can also find ocean creatures (dead, of course) that are common in Iceland. Now that drew my attention more than the art, but to each his own!
So, if you find yourself in Höfn and have the opportunity to visit the rock museum - go! It's a great way to meet a local :)