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Menningarsetrið Íslenski bærinn er húsaþorp, sýningarstaður, samkomustaður og leikvöllur sem hverfist um íslenska torfbæinn og græna byggingalist. Íslenski bærinn fóstraði þjóðina í aldanna rás og um leið vagga innlendrar menningar, allt í senn fallegur, frumlegur og fínlegur í sinni náttúrulegu mýkt.
The houses that nurtured Icelandic culture through the centuries: their origin, significance, and beauty. Visit the original houses and detailed exhibitions. Less than an hour from Reykjavik, minutes from the Golden Circle. A unique place where nature is part of the house.
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A must see for people interested in Icelandic culture and history as well as architecture. Make sure to contact the proprietor before visting.
A must see for people interested in Icelandic culture and history as well as architecture. Make sure to contact the proprietor before visting. more »
Now here is a rareness worth your time. Reaching not so far back in Iceland´s history when we were dwellers of earth-holes rarely have these housings been kept. The proprietor, a man in his early...
Now here is a rareness worth your time. Reaching not so far back in Iceland´s history when we were dwellers of earth-holes rarely have these housings been kept. The proprietor, a man in his early... more »
Roofs of sod have sheltered mainland Scandinavians through countless winters and summers. But those who migrated from Norway's grass-roof log cabins to this Icelandic tundra in the 9th century found none of the rich timberlands of their homeland — just wispy birch forests and grassy fields. To survive the cold, they took the old turf roof concept and built on it, encasing not only the roofs but the walls of their birch-framed homes in layers of living, insulating soil. The turf buildings shown here are located at Skaftafell, a manor farm founded by early settlers and now part of Vatnajökull National Park. Unlike Icelanders' history, though, these huts aren't a millennium-old. They date to the 19th century when the plains in the distance began flooding and the farmers who'd made homes there were forced uphill.
As far as I could read on the internet, we came within opening ours (a saturday in Juli) but the place was closed.
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