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.