Hofskirkja is a traditional turf church, and there are only 6 turf churches left in Iceland. Stekkjarkot was a so-called þurrabúð - a workingman's cottage, made of timber, rock and turf. Nowadays we don't have many turf houses left in Iceland as they need a lot of maintenance. Read more in my travel-blog, where you can see a lot more photos and road directions: Íslenski bærinn turf farm at Austur-Meðalholt in South-Iceland, Arngrímsstofa turf house in Svarfaðardalur in North-Iceland. The owners run a restaurant and a guesthouse on the opposite side of the road in Skagafjörður. A turf outhouse in Stokkseyri in South-Iceland. Inside Þjóðveldisbærinn - the Saga Age farm you can dress up in Viking clothes. Before his death, Gissur donated Reynistaður to a nunnery and from 1295-1552 a cloister was located here. 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. Inside Sænautasel turf house in East-Iceland. Núpsstaður turf farm consisted of 15 turf houses, but 4 are in ruins. Bustarfell is a huge turf house and consists of 17 houses, but each gable and outhouse counts as one unit. Rent your place online and feel at home all over the world with HousingAnywhere. If you‘re after amazing ambience,Iceland-style, check out Cafe Babalú and Stofan (below). I am the one in the front with the pacifier ;) with my sister and my mother in 1966. Lýtingsstaðir in Skagafjörður in North-Iceland - the Old Stable. One of the former inhabitants of the turf house, Áskell, lives next to the turf farm. Tvera - A Quality Cottage with a View. Hjallur is open to visitors. Lómagnúpur in South-Iceland. Laufás turf farm was built in 1866-1877 and here was a wealthy vicarage and a manor. 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. If you like them you should be able to find them easily in Iceland in summer. The hypothesis house was built in 2011-2012 by the ruins of the temporary chapel called Þorláksbúð, but the ruins were found back in 1954. Elliðaey (left) and Bjarnarey (right). Such sheds were shelters for people waiting for buses and shelter for milk-cans for the milk-truck. 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. Iceland is known for its contrasting landscapes that literally cause the earth here to smoke and erupt under your feet. At Núpsstaður in South-Iceland a dilapidated turf house can be found, dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. If you visit it be very careful. It is a horse stable and a storeroom, built of turf, stones and wood in the traditional way. If only for meeting these two inhabitants ;). 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. The simply furnished rooms at Dilksnes Guesthouse all include a desk and … Hverinn - Sælureitur í sveitinni. Which was essential during the long cold winters of Iceland. My photos are from my visit a couple of years back. I have by now shown you most of the old turf houses in Iceland, owned by the National Museum of Iceland or privately owned. The oldest parts of the current turf houses date back to 1865. Geirsstaðakirkja turf church in East-Iceland. However, there is no connection between the singer and the uninhabited island of Elliðaey in the Vestmannaejar peninsula. The hypothetical stave church was built in the year 2000. Did they discover the longhouse of the first settler of the Westman Islands and Herjólfur Bárðarson (around 900)? Núpsstaður turf outhouse in South-Iceland. Building a turf house was the traditional way here in Iceland. Check out Hlið on the webpage of the Viking Village. Hofskirkja is even more special though since it is the last one being built in . You can read much more in my travel-blog including whose photos hang on the walls: The majestic Grenjaðarstaður Turf House in North-Iceland. Turf houses need a lot of maintenance, and Helgi at Fornverkaskólinn, who is in charge of maintaining the turf houses all over Iceland, once told me that it would be too costly and time-consuming to maintain all the turf outhouses and that some of them will not make it, so to speak. 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. The accommodation boasts a hot tub and parking. The turf outhouse closer to us in the photo was built in 1957 or 1958 and the adjacent turf outhouse further away was built in 1970, both of them with the traditional building methods of turf, wood and rocks. You can see the turf church in my section on turf churches in Iceland, a little bit later in this travel-blog. Tyrfingsstaðir turf house in North-Iceland. If you look closely at the photo you will see two other turf outhouses further away. Bustarfell turf house, which has belonged to the National Museum of Iceland since 1943, is now a museum open to visitors in the summertime. Torfhúsin á Hjarðarhaga - the turf houses of Hjarðarhagi farm in East-Iceland. In 1765 it was deconsecrated and used as an oratory - later as a storehouse. I want to show you the first photo of me by the turf church at Árbæjarsafn Folk Museum. In this travel-blog, I list them with a short description and a link to the travel-blog in question, where you will see many more photos and get much more information on each individual turf house, with directions on how to reach those turf houses, which are open to the public. See all. The lychgate is from 1936, but the bells date back to 1630. The owners of Dalshöfði run a small guesthouse at their farm. The owner, Hannes, who was born in this turf house, will show you around the turf house and the excellent photo exhibition of old turf houses. Also, visit the interesting museum on Jón Sigurðsson, which is located next to the turf house. Iceland wins first place for the first time when the Global House Price Index was launched. Arngrímsstofa was rebuilt in 1983 in the memory of our former President Kristján Eldjárn, who was born at Tjörn in Svarfaðardalur. You can read much more about the Sorcerer's Cottage in my travel-blog: The Mystical Sorcerer's Cottage in Bjarnarfjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland - Kotbýli kuklarans. In my travel-blog about Laugardalur, you will see winter photos of the turf house in Laugardalur, but the turf houses look very lovely with snow on top. 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. Skógar Museum - An Excellent Regional Museum & Turf House in South-Iceland, Galtastaðir-fram turf house in East-Iceland. Sænautasel turf house, on Jökuldalsheiði heath in the highlands of Iceland, is a lovely looking turf house. Sænautasel turf house was built in 1843 and was inhabited until 1943. The mysterious white house on the island of Elliðaey. 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. It is believed to have been built by Guðmundur Guðmundsson from Bjarnastaðahlíð, a well-known carpenter in the 17th century. Best Steakhouses in Reykjavik, Capital Region: Find Tripadvisor traveler reviews of Reykjavik Steakhouses and search by cuisine, price, location, and more. Grenjaðarstaður turf house was inhabited until 1949. The original turf houses are delicate though and cannot withstand too much traffic, so we must preserve them the best we can. If you see the sign below on a turf house then you know it belongs to the National Museum of Iceland. Þorvaldarbúð was the last lived-in fishermen's hut of the many fishermen's huts on the peninsula. It is the only turf church we have got in Reykjavík - and it isn't even of Reykjavík origin. Lómagnúpur in South-Iceland - the smallest Turf Church. 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. For this reason, it is officially listed as a nature reserve and a protected area. The building type of Galtastaðir-fram is neither southern nor northern, but Galtastaðagerð type, an older type of turf houses. See more ideas about Iceland island, Iceland, House. 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 entrance to the museum is free of charge. 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. In 1994 a house was moved from Húsavík to Mánárbakki to house the museum and the turf house was built. The cellar in the turf house and the well are original. Þorfinnur karlsefni and his wife Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttir, who lived here in the 10th century after returning from America. Buying a house in Iceland. At Hvítanes peninsula in Skötufjörður fjord in the Westfjords of Iceland, you will find a lovely little reconstructed turf house called Litlibær, or the Small farm. 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. 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. Nevertheless, rumors continue to swirl around this strange house on an apparently otherwise uninhabited island. There are hundreds of apartments and houses to rent across Iceland, ranging from stylish flats in Reykjavik to summer cottages in … The turf house is open daily from 8:00-18:00 - please tread carefully. It is located some 8 km west of Reykhólar. There you will find 2 turf outhouses remaining out of a cluster of 6 outhouses. The photos I post here are of the turf outhouses at Núpsstaður. A hypothetical turf church has been erected at the farm Efri-Brú in South-Iceland. 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. Ingólfur Arnarson, who arrived in Iceland in around year 874, spent his 3rd winter by Mt. The beautiful turf house itself is the show-piece and it is not furnished, like the other turf houses, which are now museums. Inside Þuríðarbúð fishermen's hut in South-Iceland. Ósvör consists of a double fishermen's hut from the 19th century, a salt house and a fish-drying hovel. Möðrudalur farm also offers accommodation, both at the camping site and in latter-day turf houses, called Baðstofa - the sitting room of olden times. 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. Reynistaður was a manor and here many a chieftain lived, f.ex. This beautiful turf church was erected in 1858 and fits 60 people. 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). The huge turf-outhouses at Langhús are still used to keep sheep in the wintertime, which makes them very special indeed. Very good. Grænavatn is a turf house located in the Lake Mývatn Area in North Iceland, owned by the National Museum of Iceland. Brattahlíð in Svartárdalur valley North-Iceland. Inside Skógar turf houses in South-Iceland. And in 2018 a turf house retreat was opened in Biskupstungur in South-Iceland. To drive around Iceland you can rent a car in Reykjavík. She dressed as a man at sea and had to get a special permit from the sheriff to do so. Which makes the turf house of Keldur the oldest house in Iceland - at least parts of it. The replica of Geirsstaðakirkja was built in 1999-2001 close to the ruins of the Viking longhouse and the old turf church. Here you can also see the rowing boat, Ölver, which is a typical boat used for fishing in the olden days. These turf outhouses are made of driftwood, slab, turf and rocks. In 2017, this put the average house price in Iceland at between 40-50 million ISK, which is upwards of €300,000. I remember how excited we were about hearing her stories from the turf house when we were little. Life for the small number of people who braved the elements here in the 18th and 19th centuries was grueling and lonely, and they lived primarily on fish and puffin, Elliðaey’s principal food source. Þverá turf house has belonged to the National Museum of Iceland since 1968 and it was preserved in 1990. These sheds were mainly used for drying fish and keeping fishing gear. Many of them were demolished as it was easier than disinfecting them, but not the outhouses at Langhús. Brattahlíð was built in 1904-1905 and inhabited until 1978. Cozy cabin with hot tub and great view. Lómagnúpur in South-Iceland - the smallest Turf Church, Hofskirkja Turf Church in Öræfi in South-East Iceland - the youngest one. Let's always treat these old turf structures with utter respect as they are delicate gems. Inside Hofskirkja turf church in South-Iceland. 4 Bdrm House For Sale ISK 4,914,525. Keldur turf house came into the possession of the National Museum of Iceland back in 1942. Offering a garden, Hverinn - Sælureitur í sveitinni is situated in Kleppjárnsreykir. The building material of Selið turf house is driftwood, turf and rock. Isn't it beautiful? Skúli was the Sheriff here in Skagafjörður from 1711-1794. Árbær turf house was built in around 1890-1918 and was reconstructed in 1968. These turf houses are now under the supervision of the Cultural Heritage Agency. The house is 125 m2, and... ISK 4,914,525. Barmar turf house is a privately owned turf house in the southern part of the Westfjords of Iceland. Some of them are built with modern-day material. Inside Keldur turf house in South-Iceland. It was inhabited until 1967 and a new concrete farm was built next to it in 1960. However, it does boast its own sauna, essential after a long day of hunting, which is fed by a natural rainwater collection system. It is, in my opinion, an extremely cute turf house, buil... A List of the beautiful Icelandic Turf Houses, which I have visited on my Travels in Iceland, Sænautasel Turf House in the Highland of Iceland, Grænavatn turf house at Mývatn in North-Iceland, Glaumbær turf house in Skagafjörður in North-Iceland, Þverá turf house in Laxárdalur valley in North-Iceland, Nýibær turf house at Hólar in Hjaltadalur in North-Iceland, Árbær turf house in Reykjavík in South-West Iceland, Stóru-Akrar turf house in Skagafjörður in North-Iceland, Íslenski bærinn turf house at Austur-Meðalholt in South-Iceland, Brattahlíð & Bergsstaðir in Svartárdalur valley in North-Iceland, Grafarkirkja turf church - the oldest one of them all, Núpsstaðakirkja turf church - the smallest one, Saurbæjarkirkja turf church - the biggest one, Víðimýrarkirkja turf church - the most beautiful one, Árbæjarkirkja turf church - the rebuilt one, Geirsstaðakirkja turf church - a replica of an old turf church, Bænhús á Efri-Brú - a hypothetical turf church, Herjólfsbærinn - Herjólfur's old farmstead in the Westman Islands, Eiríksstaðir - the turf house of Erik the Red & Leif the Lucky, Hrafnseyri turf house in the Westfjords of Iceland, Lýtingsstaðir in Skagafjörður - the Old Stable, The turf house at Efri-Vík by Landbrot in South-Iceland, Drangeyjarskáli on Drangey island in North-Iceland, Sjómannagarðurinn - the Fishermen's Garden, A selection of the remaining turf outhouses in Iceland, Kofinn - the Shed at Sauðhúsvöllur in South-Iceland, National Museum's Historic Buildings Collection, many travel-blogs about the few turf houses left in Iceland, Grafarkirkja Turf Church in North-Iceland - the oldest Turf Church in Iceland, Núpsstaður Turf Church and Mt. 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. 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. The last inhabitants moved out of the turf house in 1964. This place is possibly the coolest, quirkiest little coffee shop in Reykjavik. Another Director of the National Museum of Iceland, Matthías Þórðarson, saved this little gem from being torn down and replaced by a concrete church. It was erected in 2006 and is made with rocks, wood and turf. 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. The old Þorláksbúð was built in 1527 after the timber church Árnakirkja burnt down and was in use from around 1530-1784. The hypothesis turf house stands next to the modern-looking Cathedral of Skálholt. The late Sigurður Atlason of Strandagaldur, from my travel-blog on the Icelandic Museum of Witchcraft and Sorcery, did a fantastic job of recreating a sorcerer's home. 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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. I am glad that they kept 2 of the sheep outhouses to show us. From 2010 to 2018, residential property prices surged 100% (58% inflation-adjusted), including a growth of 15% per year in 2016 and 2017. Ingólfsskáli operates as a Viking restaurant with an emphasis on Icelandic food - check them out on their homepage Ingólfsskáli. Grænavatn turf house has belonged to the National Museum of Iceland since the year 2000. Ingólfsfjall on his way west in search for his high seat pillars. 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. You will notice lovely baroque style carvings on the wooden roof trims of Grafarkirkja. Nýibær turf house was inhabited until 1945. To visit them you can stop by an information sign right by the road by the farm Hjarðarhagi and have a look at them. There are very few remaining turf houses in South-Iceland, so this turf house is well worth a visit while hiking in Skaftafell. Selið turf house in Skaftafell in South-Iceland. The buyer shoulders all costs when buying property, which include real estate agent's fee, stamp duty, and registration fee. Hofskirkja turf church was rebuilt in 1953-1954. The floors got rippled in the earthquake and some of the rafters broke like toothpicks! This tiny church, which is the smallest of the turf churches left in Iceland, was built before 1657, so the oldest parts of it are from the 17th century. It is a small stable made of turf and rocks and dates back to 1650! In the highlands of Iceland, you will come across a small hut made out of rock with a corrugated iron roof and a birch tree on top. It is a private enterprise - kudos to the farmer and his family for building such a huge longhouse in honour of our first settler. The 10 Best Guest Houses in Iceland Check out our pick of great guest houses in Iceland. It is one of the turf houses, which is closed to the public. In Þjórsárdalur valley upcountry in South-Iceland, you will find a hypothetical Viking longhouse, called the long name Þjóðveldisbærinn - the Commonwealth Farm. In the 1950s, the Elliðaey Hunting Association decided to build a base on the island to make these trips easier. Litlibær is open during the summertime from mid-May until the beginning of September. Best Dining in Iceland: See 230,411 Tripadvisor traveler reviews of 1,180 Iceland restaurants and search by cuisine, price, location, and more. Grenjaðarstaður turf house in North-Iceland is a beautiful white turf house, which was the largest turf house in the county, some 775 sq.m.! Litlibær turf house in the Westfjords of Iceland - enjoying a cup of coffee at their cute café. A similar, or so we believe, turf church stood on this spot during Viking time, some 1000 years ago. 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. Laufás turf house in Eyjafjörður in North-Iceland is one of the bigger turf houses, which is now a museum. This is the only outhouse I have seen in Iceland painted in this bright blue colour :), A turf outhouse in Svarfaðardalur in North-Iceland. It was a wealthy vicarage and a manor, built of turf, lava rocks from the vicinity and timber. Sudavik Westfjords . Ingólfsskáli turf longhouse in South-Iceland. In this turf house, you will find a café. Inside Eiríksstaðir - the turf house of Erik the Red in West-Iceland. There are only 5 original turf churches left in Iceland plus 1 reconstructed turf church and a couple of hypothesis turf churches. My great-grandfather, Bjarni Benediktsson, was born in this turf house. Íslenski bærinn turf house at Austur-Meðalholt in South-Iceland - an outhouse. These big turf outhouses were in use until the 1970's when 4 of them were demolished when the road was built. Ósvör Maritime Museum in the Westfjords of Iceland. It is called Kofinn - the Shed. Property buying transaction costs are very minimal from 2.40% to 3.40%. On the website of the National Museum of Iceland, it is written that this turf church is now closed to the public. Never have I seen such huge turf outhouses. Unfortunately, the hotel went bankrupt due to Covid-19. You can read more about the historical Vatnsfjörður in my travel-blog Vatnsfjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland - the Viking Estate and Grettisvarða Cairn. It looks massive compared to the other turf churches. Inside Arngrímsstofa turf house in Svarfaðardalur in North-Iceland. It is open as a museum in the summertime. Hofskirkja turf church in Öræfi in SE-Iceland is the last one of the remaining turf churches to be built in this beautiful turf style. It is built of turf from Víðimýri and driftwood from the nearby Skagi. 4 Bdrm House For Sale ISK 4,914,525. 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 turf lamb-houses at Keldur in South-Iceland. Bustarfell is a huge turf house and consists of 17 houses, but each gable and outhouse counts as one unit. And one of the casualties of Haugsnesbardagi battle in 1246, Brandur Kolbeinsson, lived here. 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. It is off the beaten path and is currently under repair so it is closed to visitors. 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