The Icelandic Turf House

The Icelandic Turf House, Selfoss: Hours, Address, The Icelandic Turf House Reviews: 4.5/5

The Icelandic Turf House
4.5
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Icelandic Turf House: the Jewel of Arctic Architecture. The house that kept Icelanders alive and nurtured their culture through the centuries. How they were built, how they were lived in, their origin and cultural context, contemporary significance, subtlety and beauty. Collection of original houses and in detail exhibitions.
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Address
Gaulverjabaejarhreppur Austur-Medalholtum, Selfoss 801 Iceland

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RagnarKG
Eyrarbakki, Iceland24 contributions
Time travellers welcome
Jul 2019
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 sixties, lived there as a young boy with his grandparents. That close in time. For people interested in Icelandic culture and history as well as architecture: a must see.
Written August 8, 2019
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KeriHR
Ashern, Canada121 contributions
Interesting exhibit of original turf houses throughout Iceland
Jun 2019 • Couples
We really enjoyed our visit, particularly finding the floor plan to my husband's great grandfather's home and where to find it in a museum in Borganes. Intriguing to wander thru the home and shops and imagine living there
Written June 24, 2019
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Hectors H
7 contributions
Good rating made us vist, very dissapointed
Mar 2019 • Couples
Based on the ratings and its inclusion in our guide from Sixt, we went along on a Sunday (listed as the day open for general visits). Couldn't find anyone there, it was closed without any real signs to say what was what. There is no turf on the houses, they are corrugated steel and not much to look at. The place was overgrown and felt abandoned rather than a museum
Written March 31, 2019
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Michael M
Florida29 contributions
Original Turf Farmstead - owned by founding family
Jan 2019 • Couples
Hi, we had a great time visiting this museum. The owner/curator was one of the family members of this property. There were several homes to visit and also a workshop. You can learn about its construction. There owner was gracious and accommodating. It is difficult working and keeping up these homes with 261 days of rain last year. He gave us a cup of coffee at the end of tour. He has many photos of places and homes from around the world. He also treated me to a bag of stinging nettle leaves, (for tea) which I am using today. The cost is only $15 dollars or 1500 Kronas for a 1 1/2 hr tour. This is the best place to visit for your money.
Written January 20, 2019
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joannahs
chapel hill36 contributions
true iceland
Jun 2018 • Family
This was a fascinating place. True Icelandic old fashioned lifestyle. The owners were very knowledgable and friendly. This is a go to place for young and old. We were seniors traveling with our grandson 12. The floor on the renovated are is amazing!!
Written November 30, 2018
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Stream of Unconsciousness
Charleston, SC502 contributions
The food is amazing and the owner fascinating
Oct 2018 • Couples
We did this as a part of a group food tour to the Golden Circle. This was one of the neatest parts of the tour and the food sampler they provided was amazing!
Written October 24, 2018
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Becca_beanie123
Leamington Spa, UK145 contributions
Interesting visit
Sep 2018
This place should be open more than just sundays! However you can still have a wander around the houses you just can’t go to the museum. Really interesting to have a look around, worth a stop off!
Written September 14, 2018
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Randy C
Summerfield, Florida, United States811 contributions
Very interesting
Oct 2017
It is amazing to see what the peoples of Iceland go thru to make it thru the Icelantic winter and survive. This is an example(modern) of how they survive the winter winds and storms.
Written July 5, 2018
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Chris Z
Hessle, UK21 contributions
Excellent visit to Turf House Museum at Selfoss in Iceland
Apr 2018 • Couples
A very interesting and informative visit including seeing for real a group of Turf Houses from the 19th and 20th Century as well as many antique photos from that time.Hennes is an excellent host and also prepared some tasty traditional food for us.
Highly enjoyable!
Written May 2, 2018
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Leorah S
113 contributions
Fabulous visit. Interesting, charming hosts who served us a delicious meal
Mar 2018 • Family
This was our very favorite stop on the Delicious Golden Circle Tour. Interesting, unique location with kind and informative hosts with a wealth of passionate information on the old style of living in Iceland. Brought history alive. Wonderful handy crafts and genuine hospitality. What a joy to be in your home.
Written April 3, 2018
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The Icelandic Turf House is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM