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The Icelandic Turf House

Gaulverjabaejarhreppur | Austur-Medalholtum, Selfoss 801, Iceland
+354 694 8108
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Excellent visit to Turf House Museum at Selfoss in Iceland

A very interesting and informative visit including seeing for real a group of Turf Houses from the... read more

Reviewed May 2, 2018
Chris Z
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Hessle, United Kingdom
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Fabulous visit. Interesting, charming hosts who served us a delicious meal

This was our very favorite stop on the Delicious Golden Circle Tour. Interesting, unique location... read more

Reviewed April 3, 2018
Leorah S
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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 significance, subtlety and beauty. Collection of original houses and in detail exhibitions.
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  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible0%
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Gaulverjabaejarhreppur | Austur-Medalholtum, Selfoss 801, Iceland
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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!

1  Thank Chris Z
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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

1  Thank Leorah S
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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 .

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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

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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

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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

1  Thank Chris R
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Reviewed April 3, 2017 via mobile

We were very keen to see this place even though it is only open on Sundays. However we turned up and it was closed and the turf houses are more the ones as I am posting. Place maybe is more busy in summer but looked...More

2  Thank DMVEAL
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Reviewed March 19, 2017

nice museum that the kids enjoyed; gift shop with local items. Pleasant staff. The homes on the grounds are worth a quick stop to see.

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Reviewed January 13, 2017

When you arrive the driveway up to it will be close due to the museum being closed but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it. Park your car at the gate and walk up to this amazing place. Be considerate of it's age but really...More

2  Thank onesixtieth
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Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

This was one of the most interesting things we did on our trip here - the guide gives it such a personal touch since it was and is his life. One thing I would say is that it's probably a good idea to ring ahead...More

Thank Jamie B
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Kitty M
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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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