A museum dedicated to penis’ – known more scientifically as phallus’: A Phallological Museum.
Yes, this place exists, and it lives in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Being in that same city, and with my boyfriend and I’s combined maturity age probably not even reaching my physical age of 26, we of course had to visit.
The Icelandic Phallological Museum is quite possibly the only museum of its kind in the world – containing a collection of phallic specimens belonging to all the mammals found in Iceland.
From their website:
The Icelandic Phallological Museum contains a collection of more than two hundred and fifteen penises and penile parts belonging to almost all the land and sea mammals that can be found in Iceland.
Really, where else are you going to get an experience like this?
Whilst Dan and I went into the museum expecting to have a laugh, we actually became quite intrigued by the exhibition.
The museum provides you with an information booklet, numbered to each item in the exhibit, which will guide you on various facts about each.
It was actually quite interesting – if not a little strange – but not an entirely uncomfortable or piss-taking experience, as expected.
I did actually learn some interesting facts about some of the mammals found in Iceland.
Yes, I did immaturely giggle a fair few times too, I’ll admit it.
The Icelandic Phallological Museum is open daily 10am-6pm. Adults entry is 1500 ISK.
Ok, I promise that’s all the penis’ for this blog post.
Moving on, I must tell you about a fabulous little place we found by chance a couple of blocks from the Hallgrímskirkja – the tallest church in Iceland (pictured below).
After snapping some pictures of the church by day – we also went back at night to see the church lit up – we were wandering back down to the main centre of the city, when I (luckily) spotted a sign for vegan hot chocolate, ice cream and crepes!
Now, if you know me, you know that I have a massive sweet tooth and a huge soft spot for ice cream.
So you know what we did next, of course…
As I mentioned in earlier blogs from our Iceland trip, the Winter Lights Festival was on when we were in town.
As part of this, we got to watch a fabulous light show at the Culture House.
Check out some highlights from the show in my video further above in this post.
It was absolutely stunning and very well constructed. Bravo to those who engineered it!
As another part of the Winter Lights Festival, on this evening a heap of the public pools were open for free, so we decided to go along and have our first ever Scandinavia spa experience.
As with the Blue Lagoon, which we were set to visit later on this trip, you are required to shower completely naked prior to getting in the hot tubs, pools and steam rooms.
I’ve always been fairly self-conscious of my body, especially in earlier years. But I’m learning to love my body just how it is and stop trying to change it.
I thought being forced to put my body on display in front of strangers would be something I would struggle with deeply, but instead I found it quite freeing, and powerful almost.
How about that?
We chose to visit Sundholl Baths, the oldest public thermal baths in Iceland, and I would definitely recommend a visit, either to these particular baths or any of the others in the city – I’ve heard Laugardalslaug is fabulous.
With a selection of pools of varying degrees, a chill pool, a steam room, and even a diving board, the whole family can enjoy these baths.
It’s a perfect way to relax after a long day of adventuring.