Lindarbakki is inhabited in the summertime and is only one of very few turf houses, in which people still live. You can see the turf church in my section on turf churches in Iceland, a little bit later in this travel-blog. But you can have a peek at it from the road above. Best Steakhouses in Reykjavik, Capital Region: Find Tripadvisor traveler reviews of Reykjavik Steakhouses and search by cuisine, price, location, and more. It is off the beaten path and is currently under repair so it is closed to visitors. 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. This turf church is now closed to the public. Grótta Lighthouse A lighthouse has existed at Grótta since as early as 1897; before that, a historic farmstead can be dated to the area as early as the 16th century. Where, then, did the white house come from? The turf house is only 2.4 x 2.5 metres and is the oldest atelier 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. At Árbæjarsafn Folk Museum in Reykjavík, you will find a lovely turf church. 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.! 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. Litlibær is open during the summertime from mid-May until the beginning of September. It is a horse stable and a storeroom, built of turf, stones and wood in the traditional way. I told you about the turf house at Núpsstaður earlier in this travel-blog. Corrugated iron has been added to the walls and roof to protect it from the Icelandic climate. To drive around Iceland you can rent a car in Reykjavík. 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. 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. In Fljótshlíð in South-Iceland we have Meyjarhofið turf house, which was erected in honour of women back in 2007. Bustarfell is a huge turf house and consists of 17 houses, but each gable and outhouse counts as one unit. 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. It was inhabited until 1967 and a new concrete farm was built next to it in 1960. It is located some distance away from the farm and has become dilapidated. Hofsstaðir in Skagafjörður was erected in 1906 and totally rebuilt in 1997-2001. Two and two slept together, so it must have been strange being the only woman with all these men. If you like them you should be able to find them easily in Iceland in summer. 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. The owners of Dalshöfði run a small guesthouse at their farm. The first written record of a turf farm at Árbær dates back to 1464. For this reason, it is officially listed as a nature reserve and a protected area. Grænavatn turf house has belonged to the National Museum of Iceland since the year 2000. They consist of sheep barns, a cowshed, a barn and a potato shed. In 1958-1960 it was repaired and reconsecrated. 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. 20-30 people were living in this turf house, which was first mentioned in the Book of Settlement. See this. The cottage was built on another farmer's land and the occupants rented the cottage from the farmer. Nýibær has belonged to the National Museum of Iceland since 1956, which reconstructed it and opened it to the public in 1958. 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. Sænautasel was again rebuilt in 1992 and is now a museum and a café. It is one of the turf houses, which is closed to the public. A turf outhouse at Kollsvík in the Westfjords of Iceland. I took this photo when the church was still open. Þverá turf house has belonged to the National Museum of Iceland since 1968 and it was preserved in 1990. At Hrafnseyri in the Westfjords of Iceland, you will see a beautiful reconstructed turf house. Kudos to them for a job well done! Unfortunately, according to news.com.au, the reality is far less exciting than these rumors might suggest. If only for meeting these two inhabitants ;). Inside the oldest turf outhouse in Iceland - Hesthúsið á Hólum in the Westfjords. It was built in the traditional way, using only turf, wood and rock. 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. The small farm is called Gullbringa and the small turf house from 1884 is called Arngrímsstofa. Viking Areas in Iceland - Eiríksstaðir Long House in West-Iceland. 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. 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. The house is 125 m2, and... ISK 4,914,525. The vestry opposite Árbæjarkirkja turf church in SW-Iceland. The huge turf-outhouses at Langhús are still used to keep sheep in the wintertime, which makes them very special indeed. 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. Bustarfell turf house in East-Iceland is one of the country's best-preserved turf houses and the only one of the big turf houses, which is painted in a beautiful red colour. The altar and the pulpit in the church are original. They went on a course in turf house building and are building a turf house on their land to show to their visitors. These turf outhouses are made of driftwood, slab, turf and rocks. 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. If you see the sign below on a turf house then you know it belongs to the National Museum of Iceland. 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. The hypothetical longhouse was built in 1974 on the 1100th anniversary of the Settlement of Iceland. Inside Þuríðarbúð fishermen's hut in South-Iceland. 10 Best Iceland Experiences. The little altar inside the turf church dates back to 1789. While it might appear to be an idyllic retreat from the world, the little white house lacks electricity, running water and even indoor plumbing. Two couples had been assigned this land and they erected Litlibær turf house together. Grafarkirkja church is made from timber and turf. 4 Bdrm House For Sale ISK 4,914,525. Rent rooms and apartments from people in Reykjavik from EUR 200/month. 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. This holiday home features a garden and free private parking. A house with garden is for sale in Selfoss, Iceland. This cyclops turf outhouse I found by the main street in Stokkseyri village in South-Iceland, the same village where Þuríðarbúð fishermen's cottage is located. 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. Ingólfsfjall on his way west in search for his high seat pillars. Some of the best guest houses in Reykjavík near The Pearl include Freyja Guesthouse & Suites, Eric the Red Guesthouse, and Guesthouse Sunna. Víðimýrarkirkja Turf Church in North-Iceland - is it the most beautiful of them all? Keldur turf house came into the possession of the National Museum of Iceland back in 1942. The floors got rippled in the earthquake and some of the rafters broke like toothpicks! Arngrímsstofa was rebuilt in 1983 in the memory of our former President Kristján Eldjárn, who was born at Tjörn in Svarfaðardalur. If you visit it be very careful. Everybody wore woollen clothes in the olden days to keep the cold out. Gissur Þorvaldsson of the Viking Clan of Haukdælir - who was for a while the Earl of Iceland lived for some time at Reynistaður. Stekkjarkot was the last inhabited turf house in Njarðvík and was rebuilt in 1992 on the 50th anniversary of Njarðvík. Bustarfell was inhabited from 1770-1966 when the last inhabitants moved out. At Austur-Meðalholt in South-Iceland, you will find a turf house which dates back to 1895. Lómagnúpur in South-Iceland - the smallest Turf Church, Hofskirkja Turf Church in Öræfi in South-East Iceland - the youngest one. 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. It is located very close to Reykhólar, on which I have written a travel-blog in I-III parts. Bustarfell turf house in East-Iceland is one of the country's best-preserved turf houses and the only one of the big turf houses, which is painted in a beautiful red colour. 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 :). First I am going to show you the oldest remaining turf outhouse in Iceland: The oldest turf outhouse in Iceland - Hesthúsið á Hólum in the Westfjords. The cellar in the turf house and the well are original. Which makes the turf house of Keldur the oldest house in Iceland - at least parts of it. The last inhabitants moved out of their turf-houses in the mid 20th century, around 1966. In a fishing village in Iceland, a boy develops feelings for his best friend as his best friend pursues his affections for a girl. 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. I visited Dalshöfði at Easter when we had quite a lot of snow, but the turf houses look so lovely in the snow, don't you think? If you‘re after amazing ambience,Iceland-style, check out Cafe Babalú and Stofan (below). We have got 4 hypothetical turf houses in Iceland, which were erected close to Viking ruins discovered during archaeological excavations. The chapel at Efri-Brú was built in the liking of the style of chapels in Iceland from around 1200-1550 until the Reformation. I would love to join one of their courses. Here you can also see the rowing boat, Ölver, which is a typical boat used for fishing in the olden days. This tiny turf hut is a replica of an old seasonal fishermen's hut. One of the former inhabitants of the turf house, Áskell, lives next to the turf farm. 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). It is a small stable made of turf and rocks and dates back to 1650! The Elliðaey Hunting Association continues to maintain the white house as a hunting lodge to support their activities during expeditions to hunt puffins on the island. The turf houses in this area are mainly built from lava, seeing that this is a volcanic area. See all. Lómagnúpur in South-Iceland - the smallest Turf Church. My photo above is of a turf shed next to the turf house. Check out my travel-blog Árbæjarsafn Open Air Museum in Reykjavík for winter photos of the turf houses. Here the seasonal fishermen slept and ate together. In Fljótsdalur in East-Iceland I visited the only turf-outhouses which are still in use, to my knowledge, Langhús. It was built in the southern style in 1912 and inhabited until 1946. 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. 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. Barmar is one of the few turf houses which is privately owned. Möðrudalur farm also offers accommodation, both at the camping site and in latter-day turf houses, called Baðstofa - the sitting room of olden times. The turf house was inhabited until 1952. Þuríðarbúð was rebuilt in 2001. Inside Geirsstaðakirkja turf church in East-Iceland. 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. The front buildings at Keldur are parallel to the farmyard, which is an old turf house design, which has been used here at Keldur since the middle ages. 8.4. Check out Hlið on the webpage of the Viking Village. Director: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson | Stars: Baldur Einarsson, Blær Hinriksson, Diljá Valsdóttir, Katla Njálsdóttir. The Sorcerer's Cottage was opened on the 23rd of July 2005. Photo by Diego Delso CC BY-SA 4.0. On Steingrímsfjarðarheiði heath in the Westfjords of Iceland, you will notice a small turf house a short distance away from the road. And when these tiny cute houses are together as a town, you The Craftsmen’s House, known as Iðnó (Iðnaðarmannahúsið), has a long and rich history linked to the cultural and historical growth of Reykjavík. You can sit by the longfire, dress up in a Viking costume and handle Viking weapons. 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. Ingólfsfjall and Ingólfsskáli Turf Longhouse in South-Iceland, The turf house at Efri-Vík by Landbrot in South-Iceland. I must say that he looks really authentic dressed in this way ;), Stekkjarkot workingman's cottage in SW-Iceland. I am the one in the front with the pacifier ;) with my sister and my mother in 1966. In Laugardalur valley in Reykjavík, you will see a turf shed half-hidden away in between the trees (photo below). Stay for a tree - Studio Lodge. The owner of the Viking Village, Jóhannes Viðar Bjarnason, lives in the turf house and rents out accommodation to travellers. The church has been refurbished and repaired over the years. So, without further ado, it’s time to know which are the best lighthouses to visit during your time in Iceland? Reykjavik Coffee Houses- Best for Ambience Cafe Babalú. Inside Saurbæjarkirkja turf church in North-Iceland. Grafarkirkja turf church in North-Iceland. To visit them you can stop by an information sign right by the road by the farm Hjarðarhagi and have a look at them. In 1994 a house was moved from Húsavík to Mánárbakki to house the museum and the turf house was built. It is so cute and one of my photos on Pinterest which gets saved most often. 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. The oldest mention of a church in this place is from 1240 and can be found in Sturlunga Saga. A lone gable at Reynistaður in Skagafjörður (Staðarhreppur) represents an old turf farm, which has belonged to the National Museum of Iceland since 1999. Many of them were demolished as it was easier than disinfecting them, but not the outhouses at Langhús. Tyrfingsstaðir turf house in North-Iceland with many more photos of this special turf farm, Núpsstaður turf outhouses in South-Iceland. I had passed it several times before I decided on stopping and checking it out. It has been rebuilt from scratch from an older farm. Steingrímsfjarðarheiði turf hospice in the Westfjords of Iceland. This beautiful turf church was erected in 1858 and fits 60 people. In Iceland, house rentals are the most common accommodation type. Tyrfingsstaðir turf house is built in the Marbæli style and is a good example of what the common turf farms looked like in the first part of the 20th century. Turf outhouses at Vallarhjáleiga in Flóahreppur in South-Iceland. 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. In the turf house, which was built in 1997, you will find a café. In the 13th century, Reynistaður was one of the manors of the powerful Viking Clan of Ásbirningar. Inside Grenjaðarstaður turf house in Iceland. If you look closely at the photo you will see two other turf outhouses further away. Tyrfingsstaðir turf house dates back to 1870-1895, with a timber house facade from 1904, very characteristic. 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. Did they discover the longhouse of the first settler of the Westman Islands and Herjólfur Bárðarson (around 900)? 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Featuring a Blu-ray player, the holiday home has a kitchen with a microwave, a fridge and a stovetop, a living room, a dining area, 1 bedroom, and 1 bathroom with a shower. I popped in for a quick look around and it is both cosy and modern looking. There are hundreds of apartments and houses to rent across Iceland, ranging from stylish flats in Reykjavik to summer cottages in … Saurbæjarkirkja is made of thick turf, rock and wood. Barmar turf house is a privately owned turf house in the southern part of the Westfjords of Iceland. 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. 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. The name, New Farm, is unusual, but it was called this name as the old turf farm was still on the site when Nýbær was being built. I highly recommend visiting this museum while in Reykjavík! It offers free WiFi, scenic views of the surrounding nature and a furnished terrace in the garden. Some have even speculated that the house doesn’t exist at all and that it has simply been photo-shopped onto images of the island in order to cook up an interesting story. The turf house is in the possession of the National Museum of Iceland and is open daily from 8:00-18:00. Close to the hypothetical turf farm, you can visit the excavated ruins of the real farm. 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. Glaumbær consists of 14 houses. Hotel Laki and its Amazing Surroundings in South-Iceland, Drangeyjarskáli on Drangey island in North-Iceland in the fog. The oldest turf outhouse in Iceland is to be found in the remote Kollsvík in the Westfjords of Iceland. Tvera - A Quality Cottage with a View. The turf houses need a lot of maintenance and this beautiful turf house was rebuilt in 1957-1959, 1976-1978, 1994-2003 and 2009-2012 (source: Af jörðu - Hjörleifur Stefánsson - 2013). Inside Selið turf house in Skaftafell in South-Iceland. This place is possibly the coolest, quirkiest little coffee shop in Reykjavik. Hlíðartúnshúsin turf outhouses in Borgarnes town in West-Iceland. All in all, there are 8 turf houses at Austur-Meðalholt, including a barn and stables. When the turf farm was torn down shortly after 1935 this gable was left to show the stave constructions from the 18th century. Saurbæjarkirkja Turf Church in North-Iceland - the biggest Turf Church in Iceland, Víðimýrarkirkja turf church in North-Iceland. It is relatively big, some 141.6 sq.m. Reynistaður was a manor and here many a chieftain lived, f.ex. It is open as a museum in the summertime. The owners lived in the turf house until 1981 and after refurbishing it they moved into the turf house again. Far enough away though to look like a hobbit house in the distance. Over recent years, Elliðaey has been featured in countless reports and articles, fuelling speculation about the island and the owner of its mysterious house. The turf lamb-houses at Keldur in South-Iceland. On a remote, deserted, island in the Vestmannaejar archipelago — just off Iceland’s south coast — sits a lonely, solitary white house on the side of a green hill. It is an old hospice - sæluhús in Icelandic, built in 1923. It is the island located furthest to the north-east among the group. Inside Þjóðveldisbærinn - the Saga Age farm you can dress up in Viking clothes. In Njarðvík in SW-Iceland, you will find Stekkjarkot, 2 small turf houses, the older one built in the mid 19th century (1855-1857), and the newer one built at later stages. 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. Inside Keldur turf house in South-Iceland. It was erected in 2006 and is made with rocks, wood and turf. 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. 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. The turf house is open as a museum in the summertime. Nowadays we don't have many turf houses left in Iceland as they need a lot of maintenance. The hypothesis house shows us what we believe that the oldest type of turf houses in Iceland looked like in the 10th century. There are only 5 original turf churches left in Iceland plus 1 reconstructed turf church and a couple of hypothesis turf churches. Another idyllic fishermen's hut is Ósvör in Bolungarvík in the Westfjords of Iceland, which is now a Maritime Museum. But we still have a fair amount of them and several of the big turf houses now serve as a museum. 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. These sheds were mainly used for drying fish and keeping fishing gear. 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. My husband's paternal grandmother lived at Þverá turf house with her family, and Áskell is my husband's relative, so we visit Þverá every year when we travel in this area, and he has shown us around the turf house. The owners run a restaurant and a guesthouse on the opposite side of the road in Skagafjörður. 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. It was restored by the National Museum of Iceland in 1976 and preserved that year. Now I am going to show you the turf churches in Iceland. However, it does boast its own sauna, essential after a long day of hunting, which is fed by a natural rainwater collection system. 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. Both hostels, and hotels, feature some of the most prominent bars alongside the high-end restaurants and night spots. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions. Best Farm Stays in Iceland, Europe: See traveler reviews, candid photos and great deals on farmhouses in Iceland on Tripadvisor. You will for sure see some turf houses on your travels in Iceland and I hope that this list will help you identify them. Sænautasel turf house was built in 1843 and was inhabited until 1943. Galtastaðir-fram in East-Iceland is a small turf farm, which has belonged to the National Museum of Iceland since 1976. Bustarfell turf house, which has belonged to the National Museum of Iceland since 1943, is now a museum open to visitors in the summertime. 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. It is the only turf church we have got in Reykjavík - and it isn't even of Reykjavík origin. The above turf outhouses are also to be found in South-Iceland, by the farm Kálfafellskot. Víðimýrarkirkja turf church is to be found in Skagafjörður in North-Iceland. They are adjacent to the newer farm (1931) and consist of a dairy-barn, a stable and a storehouse, which was also used as a sheep barn. Selið turf house has been in the possession of the National Museum of Iceland since 1972 and was rebuilt in 1970-1980. 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. Selið turf house in Skaftafell in South-Iceland. Björk. Hofsstaðir turf house in Skagafjörður North-Iceland. Reyhólar and the surrounding areas where I include Barmar turf house. Buying a house in Iceland. Ingólfur Arnarson, who arrived in Iceland in around year 874, spent his 3rd winter by Mt. Photo by Diego Delso CC BY-SA 4.0. The majestic Þverá turf houses - all 9 of them - were built in 1849-1851. 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