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Survival in a harsh climate

An extraordinary presentation of the technique of using 'bricks' of sliced turf to provide a snug... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
John M
Melbourne, Australia
Very well done museum

This was such an interesting place. While the site has been inhabited for centuries, the houses... read more

Reviewed October 30, 2018
Austin, Texas
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Glaumbaer, Varmahlid 560, Iceland
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All reviews turf houses next door ring road tea room icelandic history on site gift shop tea house the kitchen living conditions plenty of parking cake entrance fee great place to visit yellow house biscuits explanatory signs
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

An extraordinary presentation of the technique of using 'bricks' of sliced turf to provide a snug home in such an extreme environment. The internal wooden frame could be lined for extra warmth. The authentic furniture gave a real sense of the life of these people....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank John M
Reviewed October 30, 2018

This was such an interesting place. While the site has been inhabited for centuries, the houses date from the mid-eighteenth and late nineteenth centuries. There are many interesting artefacts to see and the documentation is very good; we felt like we got an excellent sense...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 26, 2018

We hit this on a beautiful day so our pictures taken here were stunning. Very interesting history. Make sure you visit the church next door.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

This was on our list of Must Sees in Iceland and we were not disappointed! We skipped the frame houses, Danish style introduced in the 19th century and went directly to the Icelandic sod house complex. It was an eye opening view of a lifestyle...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

Of course the Sod houses are a must see and very interesting for adults and children, but absolutely don't miss the fresh Skyr served in the tea room in the adjacent little yellow house. Its not just like skyr you get in the markets, its...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 24, 2018

The view from the outside fo the sod houses is amazing. But inside goes beyond words. At first I was apprehensive because it is damp and dark. But in walking through the "rooms", I developed a real appreciation for the heartiness of the people who...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I only viewed the turf houses from the outside. I thought it was a bit expensive to tour the inside, but a nice option to have. It was interesting to see how a village would be organized and some of the turf...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank chemie71
Reviewed September 23, 2018

The turf houses are huge! I did not expect to see such large rooms. It is worth the price of admission to see this. Very informative on how the houses were built, the way of life and how each room was used. Easy to find,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bonnie5901
Reviewed September 16, 2018

The museum was closed when we stopped, but fortunately we could still walk around the grounds and see the building from the outside. It's right off the highway, so it is definitely worth a stop to see.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank tpalermini
Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

This place was genuinely fascinating. I cannot believe the various guide books that we read said so little about it. An incredibly well preserved and presented turf-roofed farmhouse that is huge and gives a genuine insight into how people lived here barely more than 100...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from Dee_in_DE | Reviewed this property |
Our tour spent about 2 hours there and it was the right amount of time. The turf houses and furnishings were amazing. It's hard to imagine how residents survived the winters. We did walk the grounds and this gave a great... More