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The Icelandic Turf House

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true iceland

This was a fascinating place. True Icelandic old fashioned lifestyle. The owners were very... read more

Reviewed November 30, 2018
chapel hill
The food is amazing and the owner fascinating

We did this as a part of a group food tour to the Golden Circle. This was one of the neatest parts... read more

Reviewed October 24, 2018
Charleston, South Carolina
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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...more
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Gaulverjabaejarhreppur | Austur-Medalholtum, Selfoss 801, Iceland
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Reviewed November 30, 2018

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!!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed October 24, 2018

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!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 14, 2018 via mobile

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!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 5, 2018

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.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Randy C
Reviewed May 2, 2018 via mobile

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!

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Chris Z
Reviewed April 3, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank leorahs2017
Reviewed September 7, 2017

The house is á museum today and hás been renewed and tells the story of how Iceladers lived in the old days. It is really worth visiting and it is only á short distance from the town of Selfoss .

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank kjartan482016
Reviewed July 25, 2017

Islenski and his wife are fabulous people. They really care about their turf house and the remodeling they have done is absolutely terrific. They really care about their history and it gives you an overall view of how people lived in the past. It also...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank llschofer
Reviewed June 6, 2017

We were so glad we took the time to visit here on our drive along Iceland's south coast. It's perhaps 15-20 minutes out of the way from the Ring Road but very worthwhile. We had heard it was closed during the off-season, so we expected...More

Date of experience: April 2017
5  Thank SFantle101
Reviewed May 17, 2017 via mobile

Had a wonderful visit to the museum and we were toured around by one of the volunteers for an hour learning how Icelanders lived. They have s huge range of old photographs and tools from old Icelandic farms as well as a reconstructed tuff and...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank Chris R
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Kitty M
September 6, 2015|
Response from Joanie_Balonie | Reviewed this property |
Hello Kitty! Perhaps if you 'Google' and/or Google Maps: Islenski Baerinn, you'll find it. It's a really cool place!
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