Lindarbakki is inhabited in the summertime and is only one of very few turf houses, in which people still live. Víðimýrarkirkja Turf Church in North-Iceland - is it the most beautiful of them all? 2,247 out of the 4,565 listed accommodations in Iceland are house rentals.They account for one-third of the accommodation options in this destination (38.2%).In addition, these vacation accommodations have a median size of 750 ft² and a median price of $217 a night. Inside Keldur turf house in South-Iceland. This place is possibly the coolest, quirkiest little coffee shop in Reykjavik. It is reconstructed and while my father-in-law was working for Vegagerðin - the Road Administration of Iceland, he was in charge of reconstructing this turf shed. Litlibær is open during the summertime from mid-May until the beginning of September. Close to the hypothetical turf farm, you can visit the excavated ruins of the real farm. Grenjaðarstaður turf house was inhabited until 1949. It has belonged to the National Museum of Iceland since 1936. The cellar in the turf house and the well are original. The last turf outhouse I am going to show to you is this big turf outhouse, an old barn which belongs to Núpsstaður. Þorláksbúð is a hypothesis turf house at the historical episcopal See Skálholt in South-Iceland. The owners run a restaurant and a guesthouse on the opposite side of the road in Skagafjörður. Turf houses don't last and have to be maintained all the time, and the present turf house at Keldur was rebuilt after earthquakes shook this area back in 1896 and 1912. Hofskirkja is a traditional turf church, and there are only 6 turf churches left in Iceland. I have written a special travel-blog about my Christmas visit to the folk museum, where you can see many winter photos of the turf house and the turf church, but turf houses are ever so beautiful in the snow: Stóru-Akrar turf house in Skagafjörður in North-Iceland is a reconstructed turf house of an older turf house, which was built in the 18th century by Skúli Magnússon, the Treasurer of Iceland. This old hospice is made out of turf, rocks and driftwood, but there is plenty of driftwood at Strandir in the vicinity. I am the one in the front with the pacifier ;) with my sister and my mother in 1966. Barmar is one of the few turf houses which is privately owned. The turf lamb-houses at Keldur in South-Iceland. There you will find 2 turf outhouses remaining out of a cluster of 6 outhouses. Timber was valuable in Iceland, seeing that we have few trees here, so timber was reused. It is one of the very few inhabited turf houses in Iceland. At Tjörn in Svarfaðardalur valley in North-Iceland, you will find a small turf house, which has belonged to the National Museum of Iceland since 1953. 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. Þuríðarbúð was rebuilt in 2001. The majestic Þverá turf houses - all 9 of them - were built in 1849-1851. Some of them are built with modern-day material. They don't want the old ways of building a turf house to be forgotten. 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. Bustarfell is a huge turf house and consists of 17 houses, but each gable and outhouse counts as one unit. Read more about this turf fishermen's hut in my travel-blog: The Fishermen's Garden in Hellissandur on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Þuríðarbúð fishermen's hut in South-Iceland. Average house prices and their rate of inflation vary wildly between Iceland’s different regions. With the help of professionals, a new owner put a lot of time, money and work into restoring Barmar to its original form. The owners lived in the turf house until 1981 and after refurbishing it they moved into the turf house again. Árbær turf house was built in around 1890-1918 and was reconstructed in 1968. It consists of 3 connected turf houses, made of turf, driftwood from Strandir and rocks. It is so well-maintained that it looks like a museum. 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. Turf outhouses at Vallarhjáleiga in Flóahreppur in South-Iceland. Tyrfingsstaðir turf house in North-Iceland with many more photos of this special turf farm, Núpsstaður turf outhouses in South-Iceland. Hofsstaðir turf house in Skagafjörður North-Iceland. In the turf house, which was built in 1997, you will find a café. 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. An overview map showing the best treks and hikes in Iceland. The vestry opposite Árbæjarkirkja turf church in SW-Iceland. If you like them you should be able to find them easily in Iceland in summer. 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. Sudavik Westfjords . The ruins had been hidden under the tephra for 835 years when they were unearthed. Möðrudalur the highest located farm in Iceland. Isn't it beautiful? In the 1950s, the Elliðaey Hunting Association decided to build a base on the island to make these trips easier. 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. I will show you both these turf structures later in this travel-blog. Everybody wore woollen clothes in the olden days to keep the cold out. In 1765 it was deconsecrated and used as an oratory - later as a storehouse. The Sorcerer's Cottage was opened on the 23rd of July 2005. Photo by deep_schismic CC BY-SA 2.0. 4 Bdrm House For Sale ISK 4,914,525. Set over 2 floors, with an outside terrace, this place is … I am glad that this was done and that the turf shed wasn't lost. Many of them were demolished as it was easier than disinfecting them, but not the outhouses at Langhús. Inside Saurbæjarkirkja turf church in North-Iceland. I am very glad that they were able to safe them so that we, and the future generations, can see what turf outhouses in Fljótsdalur valley looked like. However, there is no connection between the singer and the uninhabited island of Elliðaey in the Vestmannaejar peninsula. Hofskirkja was built in 1883-1885, but a church has been on this site for much longer or around 700 years. I was named after his mother, Regína Magdalena Sívertsen, who is buried in the graveyard at Grenjaðarstaður, and I regard this beautiful turf house as my family turf house ;). Hverinn - Sælureitur í sveitinni. Such fishermen's huts, made with turf, rock and wood, were to be found in many places 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. Torfhúsin á Hjarðarhaga - the turf houses of Hjarðarhagi farm in East-Iceland. At Hlið you will also find a restaurant in a separate building, where groups can dine in beautiful settings. The first one is called Brattahlíð and the second one is called Bergsstaðir. Sænautasel turf house was built in 1843 and was inhabited until 1943. Þverá turf house is one of my favourite photo models: The majestic Þverá Turf House in North-Iceland - closed to Visitors while it is under repair. Check out my travel-blog Árbæjarsafn Open Air Museum in Reykjavík for winter photos of the turf houses. In Möðrudalur at Öræfi in NE-Iceland, you will find the highest located settlement in Iceland, right in the middle of nowhere, as it were. Now I am going to show you the beautiful little turf church at Núpsstaður. Tvera - A Quality Cottage with a View. Isn't this a pretty photo? My photo above is of Hlíðartúnshúsin turf outhouses in Borgarnes town in West-Iceland, which were built in 1919 and have been restored in the past few years. The less travelled valleys in Iceland often have hidden treasures and visiting these farms, especially the one at Bergsstaðir, made me feel like I stepped back into Iceland in olden times. This tiny turf hut is a replica of an old seasonal fishermen's hut. 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. 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. It has been rebuilt from scratch from an older farm. So you can see that this was quite a historical place. If you‘re after amazing ambience,Iceland-style, check out Cafe Babalú and Stofan (below). For one, this is following the population trends in each respective area. Parts of the timber from the old church was used for baðstofa - the sitting room - on the farm by the old church. When the sheep disease scrapie showed its ugly face in Fljótsdalur, the whole stock of sheep in the valley had to be killed and the outhouses disinfected. You can read more and see a lot of photos in my travel-blog: The Majestic Grænavatn Turf House at Mývatn in North-Iceland, Grenjaðarstaður turf house in North-Iceland. Thus it is not possible to visit it. Others have suggested that it is a retreat owned by a fanatically religious hermit. The turf houses accommodate 14 people. Hlið turf house in the Fishermen's Village in Álftanes in SW-Iceland is another addition to Icelandic turf houses. Laufás turf farm was built in 1866-1877 and here was a wealthy vicarage and a manor. I visit all the churches in Iceland on my travels around my country, but the little farm churches dotted around Iceland are another passion of mine :). You can have a look at it from the outside, but it has stopped being a museum, due to lack of visitors, the farmer told me. Geirsstaðakirkja turf church in East-Iceland. Although life on Elliðaey was difficult, it did offer one advantage: a ready and ample supply of puffins, and former residents and neighbors did return to the island periodically in order to hunt. Here you can experience how people lived some 1000 years ago during the time of the Settlement of Iceland. You can visit it between 8:00-18:00 and there is no admission fee: See my travel-blog with much more information and road directions: The historical Hólar in Hjaltadalur, the Episcopal See and Nýibær Turf House. These turf outhouses are more than a hundred years old, but seeing that turf houses need constant maintenance, then the lower parts of the turf outhouses are much older. Selið turf house has been in the possession of the National Museum of Iceland since 1972 and was rebuilt in 1970-1980. See all. It was inhabited until 1967 and a new concrete farm was built next to it in 1960. The Beautiful Laufás Turf House in Eyjafjörður in North-Iceland. Barmar turf house is a privately owned turf house in the southern part of the Westfjords of Iceland. The turf house is only 2.4 x 2.5 metres and is the oldest atelier in Iceland. Just 1 km off Iceland’s Ring Road, this privately-run guest house is 4 km from Höfn town centre. Tour companies operating in the Vestmannaejar peninsula offer day trips to this beautiful, wild location, but for the time being, the little white house, and the rest of the island remains unoccupied. Photo by Diego Delso CC BY-SA 4.0. It is special in a way that it is a rebuild of an older church, which was built in 1842. 10 Best Iceland Experiences. Brekka - A Quality Cottage with a View. The oldest mention of a church in this place is from 1240 and can be found in Sturlunga Saga. Iceland experienced strong house price rises in recent years, mainly driven by booming tourism and robust economic growth. The turf house at the historical Hólar in Hjaltadalur is called Nýibær - New Farm and was built in 1860. Two and two slept together, so it must have been strange being the only woman with all these men. This our "newest" original turf church is made out of rocks (the walls) and stone slabs with turf (the roof). 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? 100% verified reviews. Saurbæjarkirkja Turf Church in North-Iceland - the biggest Turf Church in Iceland, Víðimýrarkirkja turf church in North-Iceland. Although a handful of families are known to have lived on the island from the 18th century, it has been completely uninhabited since the 1930s. Nowadays we don't have many turf houses left in Iceland as they need a lot of maintenance. All in all, there are 8 turf houses at Austur-Meðalholt, including a barn and stables. You can read more and see photos of the inside of the original Viking longhouse in my travel-blog: Stöng - Ruins of a Real Viking Settlement Manor and the Reconstructed Saga-Age Farm in Iceland. Geirsstaðakirkja Turf Church in East-Iceland - a Replica of an old Turf Church. The hypothesis turf house stands next to the modern-looking Cathedral of Skálholt. All fully furnished, showing us how people lived back in the olden days in Iceland. 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. Inside Hofskirkja turf church in South-Iceland. 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