PHOTOS: Petra’s Stone Collection

PHOTOS: Petra’s Stone Collection

Main photo by
John Rogers

Petra’s Stone Collection is a museum of minerals and crystals collected by the late Ljósberg Petra María Sveinsdóttir, who lived in the small town of Stöðvarfjörður, population 200. Petra used to roam the hills surrounding the town looking for crystals, minerals and colourful rocks, bringing them back to arrange in her garden. Over the years, her hobby snowballed into a collection numbering in the thousands, attracting an over-growing flow of visitors in the process.

We visited during a recent road trip to the Eastfjords. In the rain, the colours really came to life. The vast array of deep green and bright red jaspers, bulbous white chalcedonies and glittering quartz geodes is an intoxicating spectacle. Since her death, Petra’s house has also become a part of the museum, offering a glimpse into the life of this one-off collector.

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