The Aquarium and Exhibits The aquarium building holds three exhibit areas: the fish tanks, the bird exhibit, and the mineral exhibit.
The Fish Tanks
The aquarium contains twelve large sea tanks with a variety of live fish and other sea creatures. The seawater in the tanks is 7°C and pumped from a 30-meter deep well near the aquarium and thus the water is always clear running. Most of the fish commonly caught in Icelandic waters can be seen there, along with crabs, sea anemones, starfish, sea urchins, cuttlefish, and shellfish. The fishermen of the island are very diligent in supplying the aquarium with a large variety of interesting specimens.
There is also a small touching tank which is quite exciting for the children, where they can view and touch crabs, starfish, urchins, and small fish.
The Bird Exhibit
The bird exhibit contains a large number of mounted birds, nearly a full display of all the birds commonly found in Iceland, and also a display of their eggs. In addition there are a large number of strays brought to Iceland by winds but otherwise not commonly found living in the country. There are mounted crabs and fish, a display of insects, and a shell collection.
The Mineral Exhibit
Because of the volcanic geology of the country, Iceland contains a magnificent array of crystals and other minerals. The mineral display at the aquarium is one of the best in the country. It was donated to the aquarium in 1976 and holds samples of almost every type of mineral found in the country.
In addition, the aquarium has held smaller exhibitions, such as the Surtsey Eruption and Co-existence between Man and Puffin. The aquarium has been venue to art shows and also for lectures dealing with the natural environment of the islands.