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“A bit of old Iceland”

The Old Farmhouse Laufas
Ranked #5 of 57 things to do in Akureyri
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Ottawa, Canada
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21 reviews
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“A bit of old Iceland”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

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.

Visited September 2012
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“A "Don't Miss" for Icelandic History”
Reviewed December 13, 2011

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.

Visited November 2011
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