Laufás Heritage Site and Museum

Laufás Heritage Site and Museum

Laufás Heritage Site and Museum
4.5
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles192 reviews
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Susan C
London, UK331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We were greeted by a young man with a strong Irish accent. Grandparents from Cork! Feel free to roam inside but watch your head and feet. Uneven. Into the dark we go. Reminders of trenches. Earth floor and wooden props supporting the ground floor walls. Edge further back into the house and see how they lived. Artefacts everywhere. Upstairs. Bedroom. Writing desk. Clothes. Downstairs, a laundry mangle, sewing machine, embroidery and tapestry on the walls. Peer out of the tiny windows into grassy banks. Snug for winter. Blinking out into daylight and amazing fjord views. A wide sweep of pewter sea. Visit the tiny church next door. So colourful. As we headed for the bus, tiny dots of fighter jets screamed overhead. Must be Americans, said my companion. Back to the 21st century.
Written September 18, 2022
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Peter W
Bendigo, Australia25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Nice place to stop for a visit the lady in the ticket office was very friendly and welcoming. You can walk through and look into the houses and they have detailed descriptions of each room on the wall. The young man in period costume was also very nice.
Written September 15, 2022
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Glenn H
Madison, WI47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
We stayed at the Old Farm-Islandsbaerinn for one night while driving the Ring Road. It is only about 10 minutes south of Akureyi in a residential neighborhood & easy to find. The owner saw us pull up & let us in. Wow, the place was immaculate with nice touches throughout. We were in a group of four, but a large family could stay here. The outside hot tub was a great way to end our day of travel. The new washer/dryer is a nice option, but very confusing to figure out. However, I would HIGHLY recommend for any group passing through on a Ring Road drive.
Written May 1, 2022
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Desma P
Strahan, Australia93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We only saw inside and outside the old turf house, which is one house I believe, but with many rooms, upstairs and down, if you love history then you will appreciate it. It gives you a glimpse into the past lives and culture of the people and how they lived. I would have liked more time to read all of the information notices on the wall. We were with a group from a cruise ship and our tour through the house was self guided. A highlight of our trip.
Written June 30, 2024
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njcavalier
Chatham, NJ397 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
We took a day tour on our recent visit to Akureyri, and our first stop was the Laufas museum. We did not know what to expect, but we were delighted by what we saw! The labyrinthine turf house, with all of its furnished rooms, artifacts and farm implements, is fascinating and offers a wonderful glimpse into local life in the 19th century. The simple, beautiful church is also interesting. And the serene beauty of the surrounding fjord and mountains is something to behold. With its shop and cafe, this is a wonderful stop to make on any visit to Akureyri.
Written September 27, 2016
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MarkandIs
Ottawa, Canada21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Couples
There is so little of old Iceland to see: when modern homes and materials came along, the old homes were quickly abandoned and demolished. However, the splendid turf houses at Laufas remain as fascinating example of how people lived here up until 70 years ago. We were impressed and grateful that, although the houses were officially closed for the season, the custodian opened them up especially for us, and then shared her extensive knowledge about the history of the place and the people who lived there. Well worth the short detour north of the ring road.
Written September 24, 2012
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MoBec915
Billings, MO74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Couples
During our stay near Akureyri, the hotel manager recommended we visit the Old Farmhouse at Laufas. In my research prior to the trip, I had not found this attraction and we are so grateful for the suggestion! This is an extremely interesting site with a large turf house dating from the19th century that has been added on to several times and is partially furnished with period furnishing. There is also a church and small cemetery. We were fortunate that someone was there to show us around since it is not always open during the off season. You could see how the turf was laid from the outside of the buildings and a visit to the cemetery was fascinating because of the Icelandic way of naming children using the father's name. Admission to the museum was approximately 7000 Kr and was well worth the price. We felt this was a wonderful example of an open air museum and it shouldn't be missed.
Written December 13, 2011
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DMA-CA
San Jose, CA5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015
Very interesting and well presented view of farm life and dwellings in Iceland during the early 1900s. Our kids also enjoyed the visit exploring all the different rooms and passage ways. On display are typical area cloths, furniture, kitchen and farm tools. Well worth the drive. The site has a couple of benches if you bring your own picnic as well as a nice restaurant. The surrounding views are amazing. Thanks to the adjacent working farm, we got to pet and 'feed' ice landing horses that walked over to U.S. As we stood at the edge of their fenced area.
Written July 11, 2015
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practans
Lewes, DE1,725 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
This outdoor museum provides a very interesting view of Icelandic life a few hundred years ago. Apparently it was an old church farm which housed a priest and a number of farmhands in a series of turf-roofed wood frame buildings connected on the inside by long dark earthen passages. The furnishings are representative of what would have been used in the 1800s and remind one of how life then was totally lacking what we take for granted as basics today.

On the site is a pretty little Lutheran church that was built in 1865 replacing one or more older churches on the site that date back many hundreds of years. There is also a graveyard.

Modern amenities are available for tourists: a restaurant, a gift shop and restrooms. The site is rather distant from Akureyri, on the other side of the fjord, and it can't be reached by public transportation, but tours are available that originate in Akureyri. The ride out to the farm takes about 20-30 minutes and offers magnificent views if the weather is clear.
Written February 19, 2016
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jhedrick
Woodville, VA72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
We were on a tour and the staff had coffee and cake ready for us. The staff provided an excellent overview of the history and then we were on our own to explore. The church and organ were very interesting and the turf houses and implements of daily life provided a look into the past. This is an out-of-the way place and is a must visit!
Written July 5, 2016
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