Parts of the timber from the old church was used for baðstofa - the sitting room - on the farm by the old church. Barmar is one of the few turf houses which is privately owned. Bustarfell was inhabited from 1770-1966 when the last inhabitants moved out. They don't want the old ways of building a turf house to be forgotten. The lychgate is from 1936, but the bells date back to 1630. The barn was underneath the baðstofa where people worked, ate and slept, but this arrangement gave the inhabitants of the turf house warmth from the cows. It was erected sometimes between 1925-1930 by the farmers of the Mývatn area as a shelter for the shepherds searching for sheep in the highlands. These turf houses are now under the supervision of the Cultural Heritage Agency. Archaeologists found the ruins of Stöng back in 1939 under layers of tephra from the volcano Hekla. The lychgate and old bells at Grenjaðarstaður, Þjóðminjasafn Íslands - the National Museum of Iceland - Húsasafn, Af jörðu - íslensk torfhús - Hjörleifur Stefánsson, Barmar - torfbær í Reykhólasveit - Morgunblaðið, Book your complete trip with the best companies only, Iceland is spectacular in so many ways and Icelandic nature is quite unique with its vast landscape,  volcanic activity, geothermal areas, glacier lagoons and sceneries, black sand beaches and spect, People have been asking me where to find lupines in Iceland. It is an old hospice - sæluhús in Icelandic, built in 1923. Herjólfsbærinn - Herjólfur's Old Farmstead in the Westman Islands, Eiríksstaðir - the turf house of Erik the Red in West-Iceland. Grænavatn is a turf house located in the Lake Mývatn Area in North Iceland, owned by the National Museum of Iceland. At the so-called kvöldvaka, one member of the household would read out loud for the others while they knitted, weaved and spun the wool. The chapel at Efri-Brú was built in the liking of the style of chapels in Iceland from around 1200-1550 until the Reformation. The buyer shoulders all costs when buying property, which include real estate agent's fee, stamp duty, and registration fee. Eventually, in the 1930s, the remaining five inhabitants decided that their prospects would be much improved by moving to the mainland, and the island has lain empty ever since. More rural towns and villages will likely be cheaper than in Reykjavik, but then you’ll have less access to good jobs and local amenities available in the city. You can see the turf church in my section on turf churches in Iceland, a little bit later in this travel-blog. Far enough away though to look like a hobbit house in the distance. A similar, or so we believe, turf church stood on this spot during Viking time, some 1000 years ago. Elliðaey (left) and Bjarnarey (right). Bergsstaðir in Svartárdalur valley North-Iceland, By Bergsstaðir abandoned farm stands a lovely little farm church, one of many in Iceland, called Bergstaðakirkja church, dating back to 1883. The church has been refurbished and repaired over the years. For the most part of her working years at sea, which lasted until 1843, she was a so-called formaður, which was remarkable for a woman at that time. 15 Best Places to Visit in Iceland Wild, windswept and caked with icecaps from south to Arctic north, Iceland is a land of steaming volcanos and enchanting fishing towns, rugged canyons and colossal fjords, bubbling hot springs and buzzing vodka bars. I have written many travel-blogs about the few turf houses left in Iceland. This beautiful turf church was erected in 1858 and fits 60 people. It offers free WiFi, scenic views of the surrounding nature and a furnished terrace in the garden. The Sorcerer's Cottage in the Westfjords of Iceland. Kotbýli kuklarans - the Sorcerer's Cottage - in Bjarnarfjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland is one of its kind in Iceland. Glaumbær has been inhabited since the settlement of Iceland, but some of the current turf houses were built in 1876-1879, with the oldest parts dating back to the mid 18th century. Not far from Kálfafellskot in South-Iceland, at Dalshöfði farm you will find another lovely turf outhouse, built for farm animals. It consists of 3 connected turf houses, made of turf, driftwood from Strandir and rocks. They went on a course in turf house building and are building a turf house on their land to show to their visitors. Geirsstaðakirkja Turf Church in East-Iceland - a Replica of an old Turf Church. The hypothetical longhouse was built in 1974 on the 1100th anniversary of the Settlement of Iceland. When the turf farm was torn down shortly after 1935 this gable was left to show the stave constructions from the 18th century. Turf outhouses at Vallarhjáleiga in Flóahreppur in South-Iceland. I have written a travel-blog about the beautiful Skaftafell with a section about Selið turf house: Svartifoss & other astonishing Attractions in Skaftafell in South-Iceland, Reynistaður turf house in Skagafjörður in North-Iceland. In 2010 the locals rebuilt the stall and it is now open to visitors. Turf outhouses at Staður in the Westfjords of Iceland. On Drangey island, where the Viking Grettir the Strong of the Saga of Grettir was killed in the year 1031, you will find a black and white painted turf house, Drangeyjarskáli hut. Also, check out the many available guided tours in Iceland. Tyrfingsstaðir turf house was inhabited until 1969. This holiday home features a garden and free private parking. In Svartárdalur valley in North-Iceland, you will find two abandoned turf farms made of driftwood with a turf roof. This cute little turf house is a reconstruction of a turf house that was erected in around 1895. There are also a couple of abandoned turf houses. Grafarkirkja turf church in North-Iceland - is the oldest of Iceland's turf churches and closed to the public for its preservation. The building type of Galtastaðir-fram is neither southern nor northern, but Galtastaðagerð type, an older type of turf houses. Here you can also see the rowing boat, Ölver, which is a typical boat used for fishing in the olden days. Very good. 20-30 people were living in this turf house, which was first mentioned in the Book of Settlement. Stóru-Akrar turf house has been in the care of the National Museum of Iceland since 1954. See also my travel-blog Grafarkirkja Turf Church in North-Iceland - the oldest Turf Church in Iceland. Litlibær turf house was inhabited until 1969, which is the decade when the last inhabitants were moving out of the traditional turf houses and Litlibær stood abandoned. There are hundreds of apartments and houses to rent across Iceland, ranging from stylish flats in Reykjavik to summer cottages in … You can also check out what UNESCO has to say about the Icelandic turf houses, which is a more professional approach. Hjallur - the Shed in Vatnsfjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland. In 1765 it was deconsecrated and used as an oratory - later as a storehouse. Jóhannes is waiting for a permit to add to the accommodation, turf house style, and his plan is to have one room in each gable. At Reykir in Skagafjörður in North-Iceland, you will find a turf house, which was built in 1992 as a museum in the liking of a turf house, but with stone walls. Sudavik Westfjords . The turf lamb-houses at Keldur in South-Iceland. There used to be 16 other turf houses on the heath, which got abandoned during the volcanic eruption in 1875 in Askja, including Sænautasel. You can read more about the adventurous tour to Drangey island and Grettir the Strong in my travel-blog: Drangey Bird Cliff in North-Iceland and the Viking Grettir the Strong. In 1958-1960 it was repaired and reconsecrated. Bustarfell is a huge turf house and consists of 17 houses, but each gable and outhouse counts as one unit. Another well-known fishermen's hut is the hypothetical Þuríðarbúð in Stokkseyri village in South-Iceland. At Möðrudalur you will find Fjallakaffi - a very popular oasis for travellers around Iceland, where you can get traditional Icelandic food. Inside Reynistaður turf house in Skagafjörður in North-Iceland. Inside Arngrímsstofa turf house in Svarfaðardalur in North-Iceland. Inside Sænautasel turf house in East-Iceland. In this video we tour a traditional Icelandic turf house at the Islenski Baerinn Turf House museum (http://islenskibaerinn.is/english/). Several of them are well-maintained though and I am going to show you some of the well-maintained ones, which I have visited on my travels in Iceland. The replica of Geirsstaðakirkja was built in 1999-2001 close to the ruins of the Viking longhouse and the old turf church. The hall of the turf house at the historical Keldur in South-Iceland is believed to be the oldest turf house hall remaining in Iceland. It is relatively big, some 141.6 sq.m. However, it does boast its own sauna, essential after a long day of hunting, which is fed by a natural rainwater collection system. Check out my travel-blog Árbæjarsafn Open Air Museum in Reykjavík for winter photos of the turf houses. If you‘re after amazing ambience,Iceland-style, check out Cafe Babalú and Stofan (below). Víðimýrarkirkja Turf Church in North-Iceland - is it the most beautiful of them all? The above turf outhouses are also to be found in South-Iceland, by the farm Kálfafellskot. The turf farm was rebuilt in 1880. It was erected in 2006 and is made with rocks, wood and turf. Cozy cabin with hot tub and great view. Both hostels, and hotels, feature some of the most prominent bars alongside the high-end restaurants and night spots. The turf house is only 2.4 x 2.5 metres and is the oldest atelier in Iceland. One of the best places to visit in Iceland to see something from the Icelandic history. Glymur Waterfall is considered as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. There are several other turf structures, which I haven't mentioned here in this travel-blog. We donated his collection of photos and films to Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur - the Reykjavík Museum of Photography and somehow this photo from our private collection got mixed in with the other photos, so it has got the logo of the museum. Brekka - A Quality Cottage with a View. 10 Best Iceland Experiences. It is under the care of Byggðasafn Árnesinga - the Árnessýsla Heritage Museum and is open to visitors. If only for meeting these two inhabitants ;). House For Sale. Lindarbakki is inhabited in the summertime and is only one of very few turf houses, in which people still live. At Keldur you will also find the oldest remaining structure in Iceland, an underpass which is believed to date back to the 11th-13th century or the Age of the Sturlung. Opening photo: Skógar museum in the wintertime. Located up on a hill deep in the valley of Svarfaðardalur in North-Iceland you will see a privately owned turf outhouse, which has been repaired recently by Helgi (photo above). Grafarkirkja turf church in North-Iceland. The same family has owned this land since 1532. It is one of the very few inhabited turf houses in Iceland. Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur - the Reykjavík Museum of Photography, Þjóðminjasafnið - the National Museum of Iceland, the Icelandic Museum of Witchcraft and Sorcery, Byggðasafn Árnesinga - the Árnessýsla Heritage Museum, Vatnsfjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland - the Viking Estate and Grettisvarða Cairn, Viking Ruins and Burial Mounds I have visited on my Travels in Iceland. Thankfully, having tried and tested every adventure and experience available in the country, Guide to Iceland is an authority when it comes to choosing the best means of filling your time in Iceland. Another hypothetical turf farm has been erected at Eiríksstaðir, the turf farm of Erik the Red and Leif the Lucky. You can read more about Hofskirkja turf church in my travel-blog Hofskirkja Turf Church in Öræfi in South-East Iceland - the youngest one, Saurbæjarkirkja turf church in North-Iceland. You can see the turf outhouse to the left in my photo above. Tyrfingsstaðir turf house in North-Iceland. Nowadays we don't have many turf houses left in Iceland as they need a lot of maintenance. The owners of Dalshöfði run a small guesthouse at their farm. Om Apartments , Central Park Gesthouse , and Freyja Guesthouse & Suites have received great reviews from guests in Reykjavík about the views from these guest houses. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions. On Steingrímsfjarðarheiði heath in the Westfjords of Iceland, you will notice a small turf house a short distance away from the road. It was built in the southern style in 1912 and inhabited until 1946. He had thrown them overboard from his Viking ship when he spotted Iceland and swore to settle where the high seat pillars would drift ashore. Stekkjarkot was rebuilt in 1993. Inside Geirsstaðakirkja turf church in East-Iceland. See all. It was erected back in 1949 in the memory of Þuríður Einarsdóttir (1777-1863) and the old ways of the seasonal fishermen in this area. On the Tjörnes peninsula in North-Iceland, you will see a turf house at the Museum of Mánárbakki. And the dilapidated turf house (photo below) I encountered on my travels while driving on a smaller road just before I reached the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Tvera - A Quality Cottage with a View. It is a replica of a 17th-century turf house of a tenant farmer - and it shows us what a sorcerer's home might have looked like. In the turf house, which was built in 1997, you will find a café. Nýibær has belonged to the National Museum of Iceland since 1956, which reconstructed it and opened it to the public in 1958. The outhouses in my photos are the main ones, but there are several other turf outhouses on the land of Langhús. Glaumbær consists of 14 houses. Brattahlíð in Svartárdalur valley North-Iceland. Torfhúsin á Hjarðarhaga - the turf houses of Hjarðarhagi farm in East-Iceland. Hotel Laki and its Amazing Surroundings in South-Iceland, Drangeyjarskáli on Drangey island in North-Iceland in the fog. Also, visit the interesting museum on Jón Sigurðsson, which is located next to the turf house. Here you will find a storehouse dating back to 1830, a bedroom from 1838, a pantry from 1850, a cruciform cowshed from 1880 and a kitchen from that same year, a baðstofa from 1895 - which was the main room, where people would eat, work, and sleep, and a sitting room from 1896. It is located some 8 km west of Reykhólar. In it lived and worked the noted Arngrímur Gíslason, folk artist  (1829-1887), who built the turf house himself of turf, rock and timber. Stekkjarkot was the last inhabited turf house in Njarðvík and was rebuilt in 1992 on the 50th anniversary of Njarðvík. So it was well worth the visit. To visit them you can stop by an information sign right by the road by the farm Hjarðarhagi and have a look at them. This place is possibly the coolest, quirkiest little coffee shop in Reykjavik. I am glad that they kept 2 of the sheep outhouses to show us. Director: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson | Stars: Baldur Einarsson, Blær Hinriksson, Diljá Valsdóttir, Katla Njálsdóttir. Some of them are built with modern-day material. in 1975-1977 and again in 1985, 1994 and 2000. He has rebuilt the old farm at Stóru-Akrar and done a beautiful job. Inside Eiríksstaðir - the turf house of Erik the Red in West-Iceland. In Þjórsárdalur valley upcountry in South-Iceland, you will find a hypothetical Viking longhouse, called the long name Þjóðveldisbærinn - the Commonwealth Farm. In Iceland, house rentals are the most common accommodation type. They consist of sheep barns, a cowshed, a barn and a potato shed. So, without further ado, it’s time to know which are the best lighthouses to visit during your time in Iceland? In the Mývatn area by Lake Grænavatn, you will find a beautiful turf house called Grænavatn turf house or Green lake turf house. Timber was valuable in Iceland, seeing that we have few trees here, so timber was reused. However, there is no connection between the singer and the uninhabited island of Elliðaey in the Vestmannaejar peninsula. Lýtingsstaðir in Skagafjörður in North-Iceland - the Old Stable. The houses resemble Saurbæjarkirkja turf church. It has a much more modern style than most other turf houses in the country, having been built in 1913, and its architecture reflects the transition at … The photos I post here are of the turf outhouses at Núpsstaður. Kudos to them for a job well done! In addition to the many puffins that live on the island, Elliðaey is also a major nesting area for storm petrels and other sea birds. It was built in the traditional way, using only turf, wood and rock. The turf gable has been moved and reconstructed. You can read more about this beautiful little gem in my travel-blog Víðimýrarkirkja Turf Church in North-Iceland - is it the most beautiful of them all? Reynistaður was a manor and here many a chieftain lived, f.ex. Hlið turf house in the Fishermen's Village in Álftanes in SW-Iceland is another addition to Icelandic turf houses. Barmar had become dilapidated in 1925, but the owner and his neighbours restored it to its original form. This hut (photo above), which is made of turf, rocks and driftwood is located in Hveravellir in the highlands of Iceland. Björk. A hypothetical turf church has been erected at the farm Efri-Brú in South-Iceland. Turf houses have to be maintained frequently and in 1997-2000 Nýibær got a makeover. At Keldur turf house in South-Iceland, you will find this 120-year-old cute little turf mill house (photo above), which is located down by the Króktúnslækur creek and runs on hydroelectric power. On my travels around Iceland, I have visited some turf houses, which don't fall into the categories, which I have mentioned above. The majestic Þverá turf houses - all 9 of them - were built in 1849-1851. Núpsstaður turf farm consisted of 15 turf houses, but 4 are in ruins. She dressed as a man at sea and had to get a special permit from the sheriff to do so. Kudos to them I say :) I have stayed at their hotel twice and this is what the turf house looked like in September 2020. I want to show you, travellers in my country, our old architectural heritage - the turf houses of Iceland, which are a passion of mine. A turf outhouse in Stokkseyri in South-Iceland. It is, in my opinion, an extremely cute turf house, buil, Discover the waterfall Gljúfrabúi The great thing about travelling around Iceland are all the different and unique spots and areas you can discover when driving around. Núpsstaðakirkja turf church in South-Iceland. Ingólfsskáli in South-Iceland was built in 1998 in the liking of a Viking turf longhouse and named after Iceland's first settler, Ingólfur Arnarson. When I visited Þverá I noticed that a creek had been channelled through one of the rooms - what a clever idea. Skógar Museum - An Excellent Regional Museum & Turf House in South-Iceland, Galtastaðir-fram turf house in East-Iceland. In the 1950s, the Elliðaey Hunting Association decided to build a base on the island to make these trips easier. The building style is a later time building style and Grænavatn turf house is one of its kind in Iceland. Exposed to the elements and facing the wild Atlantic waves that crash upon the rocks, this appears to be the most remote home in the world. 100% verified reviews. Grenjaðarstaður turf house was inhabited until 1949. My photos of the church were taken some years back when it was still open. Where, then, did the white house come from? Three ruins of a very old Viking turf longhouse and smaller houses were discovered here back in 1924. In Fljótsdalur in East-Iceland I visited the only turf-outhouses which are still in use, to my knowledge, Langhús. A turf outhouse at Kollsvík in the Westfjords of Iceland. This turf church is now closed to the public. Þuríður was a remarkable woman; she started fishing on rowing boats with her father when she was only 11 years old and when she was 17 she had become an able-bodied seaman. Brattahlíð was built in 1904-1905 and inhabited until 1978. This beautiful little turf outhouse is also to be found at Kollsvík, it is the same turf outhouse which can be seen really far away in my photo above. Icelandic turf houses (Icelandic: torfbæir) were the product of a difficult climate, offering superior insulation compared to buildings solely made of wood or stone, and the relative difficulty in obtaining other construction materials in sufficient quantities.. 30% of Iceland was forested when it was settled, mostly with birch. In a fishing village in Iceland, a boy develops feelings for his best friend as his best friend pursues his affections for a girl. Let's always treat these old turf structures with utter respect as they are delicate gems. But as I have mentioned earlier in my travel-blogs, then I am just a layman travelling around my country, and not a professional in any way, so please correct me if you see any mistakes in my travel-blogs. It was inhabited until 1967 and a new concrete farm was built next to it in 1960. Two couples had been assigned this land and they erected Litlibær turf house together. In the 13th century, Reynistaður was one of the manors of the powerful Viking Clan of Ásbirningar. Byggðasafn Vestfjarða - the District Museum of the Westfjords is in charge of the museum which shows us the ways of living of farmers and fishermen in this area in the first part of the 20th century. I tried finding these turf outhouses in April 2018, but couldn't, so I am going to join a guided tour from the farmers at Nonna and Brynjuhús soon. Glaumbær turf house in Skagafjörður in North-Iceland is one of the big turf houses, a manor where chieftains resided. The turf house was restored completely back in 1876 by my great-great-grandfather, Benedikt Kristjánsson, who was the minister at that time at Grenjaðarstaður. I have written a special travel-blog where you can see more photos of this cute little red-painted turf house: Lindarbakki Turf House in Borgarfjörður-Eystri in East-Iceland. 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Set over 2 floors, with an outside terrace, this place is … Seeing that I search for turf houses on my travels around my country, I was in awe when I checked out the huge turf houses at Langhús. In Álftaver in South-Iceland, you will see a sauðahús in the possession of the National Museum of Iceland - see photos here. Skyrhúsid Guest House in Hali 9.0 Superb 1,109 reviews Two restaurants are found onsite that serve lunch and dinner, while hot drinks and juice can be enjoyed in Skyrhúsid Guest House's dining area. To drive around Iceland you can rent a car in Reykjavík. I quite like this little turf-house, built of wood and turf and to me it stands there as a reminder of earlier building styles. The hypothesis house shows us what we believe that the oldest type of turf houses in Iceland looked like in the 10th century. See this. An older turf house was moved up on the hill to the current location of Selið back in 1832-1850 when the glacial river Skaftá was acting up. I think this is an excellent idea and am glad that these turf houses were preserved in this way. I will show you both these turf structures later in this travel-blog. The turf house is on private ground, so there is no access to it anymore and neither can the turf church at Núpsstaður be visited anymore. The first turf house at the museum was moved to this location back in 1968, but around that time the last inhabitants of the turf houses moved out. At the exhibition, you will see photos of lost turf houses, and if you are anything like I, then be prepared to spend an hour at the photo exhibition ;), Inside Íslenski bærinn turf house at Austur-Meðalholt in South-Iceland. Grafarkirkja belongs to the National Museum of Iceland and is a part of their Historic Buildings Collection. I have written more in another travel-blog: Núpsstaður Turf Church and Mt. If you like them you should be able to find them easily in Iceland in summer. Best Farm Stays in Iceland, Europe: See traveler reviews, candid photos and great deals on farmhouses in Iceland on Tripadvisor. My grandmother is the only one of my grandparents who was born in a turf house, but she was born in 1923 in a very remote valley in the Westfjords of Iceland. Steingrímsfjarðarheiði turf hospice in the Westfjords of Iceland. Turf outhouse at Dalshöfði farm in South-Iceland. Núpsstaður turf outhouse in South-Iceland. Inside Árbæjarsafn turf house in SW-Iceland, Árbær turf house was inhabited until 1948 and became a museum in 1957. Hjallur is open to visitors. So you can see that this was quite a historical place. 4 Bdrm House For Sale ISK 4,914,525. We have several latter time & rebuilt turf houses in Iceland, which are either built in the traditional way or only made to look like turf houses but built with modern-day building material. The stable has now been turned into a service centre for tourists. Many of them were demolished as it was easier than disinfecting them, but not the outhouses at Langhús. You will be greeted by a man dressed in the old traditional "skinnklæði", which the Icelandic fishermen used to wear at sea. I am glad that this was done and that the turf shed wasn't lost. Litlibær is open during the summertime from mid-May until the beginning of September. Ingólfsskáli turf longhouse in South-Iceland. You will for sure see some turf houses on your travels in Iceland and I hope that this list will help you identify them. The small farm is called Gullbringa and the small turf house from 1884 is called Arngrímsstofa. Photo by Diego Delso CC BY-SA 4.0. We have got 4 hypothetical turf houses in Iceland, which were erected close to Viking ruins discovered during archaeological excavations. It is a private enterprise - kudos to the farmer and his family for building such a huge longhouse in honour of our first settler. Archaeological excavations have shown that there might have been a farmstead here as early as 1226, as ruins of walls of outhouses have been found. According to old sources, the chapel at Efri-Brú had collapsed in 1708 and only the outwalls were standing. Inside Skógar turf houses in South-Iceland. Sænautasel turf house, on Jökuldalsheiði heath in the highlands of Iceland, is a lovely looking turf house. Which makes the turf house of Keldur the oldest house in Iceland - at least parts of it. The turf house at Austur-Meðalholt, or Íslenski bærinn, as it is also called, meaning the Icelandic turf farm, is built in the sunnlenskur style (the southern style) and made with turf and rocks and timber. Here you can experience how people lived some 1000 years ago during the time of the Settlement of Iceland. This shed was made in 1948 by the farmer Sigurður Guðjónsson and his son Magnús Sigurðsson and was in use until 1963. I have been following the reconstruction for some years now and my last photo of Stóru-Akrar turf house was taken in the summer of 2017. Barmar turf house is a privately owned turf house in the southern part of the Westfjords of Iceland. The beautiful turf house itself is the show-piece and it is not furnished, like the other turf houses, which are now museums. Another Director of the National Museum of Iceland, Matthías Þórðarson, saved this little gem from being torn down and replaced by a concrete church. I have not seen such carvings in other churches in Iceland. Þorfinnur karlsefni and his wife Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttir, who lived here in the 10th century after returning from America. You will see ruins of several such fish-sheds in the Westfjords. The first mention of Grenjaðarstaður is from the early settlement of my country. These sheds were mainly used for drying fish and keeping fishing gear. On the website of the National Museum of Iceland, it is written that this turf church is now closed to the public. Address: Mýrargata 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland; Price Range: Medium – High ; Although many of the best bars are in Reykjavik, there are plenty of them all around Iceland. Check them out on Facebook. The turf church was discovered in an archaeological dig back in 1997 on the land of Geirsstaðir, together with a Viking longhouse and a circular wall surrounding the buildings. 8.4. Villa in Hella 9.5 Exceptional 106 reviews Boasting a terrace, Hekla Cabin 2 Volcano and Glacier View provides accommodation in Hella with free WiFi and lake views. Here the seasonal fishermen slept and ate together. It is being rebuilt and is not open to visitors. The turf house is open daily from 8:00-18:00 - please tread carefully. Inside Saurbæjarkirkja turf church in North-Iceland. The huge turf-outhouses at Langhús are still used to keep sheep in the wintertime, which makes them very special indeed. Guides dressed up as Vikings will tell you about the life of the Vikings, who lived at Eiríksstaðir turf farm. Hörður, the owner of the land at Efri-Vík by Landbrot in South-Iceland and Hotel Laki, is building a turf house on his land with his family. The growing economy, two reductions in interest rates and an increasing involvement of foreign investors help explain a 9% increase in average prices for property for sale in Iceland over the last twelve months. In this travel-blog, I am going to show you all of the original turf houses - the turf churches, the latter time turf houses, hypothetical turf houses, turf outhouses, turf fishermen's huts, turf sheds and more turf structures, which I have visited on my travels in my country. Where they ate, did handiwork and slept duty, and hotels feature... 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