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Arctic Turf House

On a private basis, visit the type of dwelling that has kept Icelanders warm and safe for centuries; a genuine Icelandic turf house. Learn about the construction and design process, living habits, origins and important cultural context, as well as the contemporary significance, subtlety and beauty.

Ever since the first inhabitant settled in Iceland in the ninth century, and well into the twentieth, turf or sod along with unshaped but carefully selected rocks, has been the predominant building material in Icelandic houses.

At the very heart of it, there is the main living room, “baðstofa” – a place where the Icelanders worked, ate and slept, were born and eventually died. Visit the café and sample traditional Icelandic delicacies such as dry fish, seaweed, flat bread with smoked lamb meat, lichen pudding, deep fried wheat biscuits, knot donuts and pancakes with whipped cream and rhubarb jelly.

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Iceland
1 to 10 people
6 to 7 HRS
Price by request

On a private basis, visit the type of dwelling that has kept Icelanders warm and safe for centuries; a genuine Icelandic turf house. Learn about the construction and design process, living habits, origins and important cultural context, as well as the contemporary significance, subtlety and beauty.

Ever since the first inhabitant settled in Iceland in the ninth century, and well into the twentieth, turf or sod along with unshaped but carefully selected rocks, has been the predominant building material in Icelandic houses.

At the very heart of it, there is the main living room, “baðstofa” – a place where the Icelanders worked, ate and slept, were born and eventually died. Visit the café and sample traditional Icelandic delicacies such as dry fish, seaweed, flat bread with smoked lamb meat, lichen pudding, deep fried wheat biscuits, knot donuts and pancakes with whipped cream and rhubarb jelly.

This story can be aranged as a standalone experience or we can organize it as part of a longer customized itinerary our team would craft for you. Once selected, the concierge team will work with you to discuss and plan a suitable program as per your requirements

Participants

Group size: 1 to 10 people Prior Experience: No specific experience or knowledge is required Family Friendly: Yes, families are welcome

Timing & Duration

Duration: 6 to 7 HRS

Practical

Etiquette: Turf house are part of the Icelandic cultural heritage, please don't damage anything What to wear: Comfortable casual clothing & shoes, dress warmly, this is Iceland! What to bring: No special requirements. Don't forget your camera and spare batteries, plugs may not be available

Availability

Frequency: Can be operated daily Summer: 4 weeks lead time Winter: 1 week lead time Lead time: 1 to 4 weeks

Small Print

Cancellation: Time of cancellation for individual traveler(s), individual(s) within a group or reduction within a group. Time of cancellation: More than 3 weeks (22+ days) prior to arrival: 20% or deposit 3 weeks (21 days) and more than 1 week (8 days): 50% 1 week (7 days) and more than 72 hours:75% 72 hours’ notice and less: 100% Modifications: Modifications are possible subject to case by case review and approval, and cannot be guaranteed. Surcharges may apply No Show: No refund
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