Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson


Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson (born 23 October 1983) is an expert in exploration history, a space exploration enthusiast and founder of The Exploration Museum in Iceland.

He is the owner and manager of Húsavík Cape Hotel and chairman of the Húsavík Chamber of Commerce. From 2005 to 2008, he worked as a journalist and photographer for Icelandic media and publishing company 365 media in Reykjavík. From 2007 to 2009, Örlygur served as a parliamentary assistant in Iceland. In 2014, he was elected to the town council of Norðurþing municipality in northern Iceland.

Örlygur has led and organized a number of expeditions with Apollo astronauts (Walter Cunningham of Apollo 7, Bill Anders of Apollo 8, Rusty Schweikart of Apollo 9, Charlie Duke of Apollo 16 and Harrison Schmitt of Apollo 17) as well as the family of Neil Armstrong, to the new lava of Holuhraun, created by fissure eruptions in 2014 and 2015. The new lava is located just south of the Apollo Geology Field Training area in the central highlands of Iceland, where the Apollo astronauts did their geology training in 1965 and 1967. Örlygur has worked to document the story of the astronaut training since 2009. His articles about the training have been published by newspapers and magazines in Iceland, Germany and the UK.

Örlygur is married to Jóhanna Ásdís Baldursdóttir and they live with their daughter Aníta in the village Húsavík, on the north coast of Iceland, thirty miles from the Arctic Circle