Icelandic turf house

Icelandic turf house

During your visit to Iceland you will discover many traditional farms with turf roofs. They are well adapted to 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.

Of course the architecture has evolved in the last 1000 years. The first evolutionary step happened in the 14th century, when the Viking style long-houses were gradually abandoned and replaced with many small and specialized interconnected buildings. Then in the late 18th century a new style started to gain momentum, the burstabær, with its wooden ends. This is the most commonly depicted version of the Icelandic turf houses and many such survived well into the 20th century.

The Glaumbaer farm in the North of Iceland has been transformed into a museum and is a perfect example.

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