Arbaer Turf Houses

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Arbaer Museum
Arbaer Museum

We visited the wonderful Arbaer open air museum in Reykjavik. Historic houses in need of love have been rescued and moved to the site of the Arbaer farm. Here they receive specialist treatment to restore them so that they can be preserved for people to enjoy.

Demonstration doorway showing restoration work
Demonstration doorway showing restoration work
Farmhouse and church
Farmhouse and church

One highlight particular highlight was the opportunity to see the turf roof houses, including the Arbaer farmhouse (the only building not to have arrived from a previous home).

Arbaer farmouse roofs
Arbaer farmhouse roofs

This turf would help to insulate the house, trapping warmth inside for the residents; including the livestock. The stone walls of the barn also had turfs between the courses, stopping any potential draughts.

Inside the barn
Inside the barn 

It made me think of the Norwegian fairy tale in ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’ about the husband who has to mind the house and decides to graze his cow on the roof.

Meadowsweet in the hay meadow
Meadowsweet in the hay meadow
Girl in Icelandic costume with young calfs
Girl in Icelandic costume with young calfs
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