Laufás (Turf Homes) Akureyri Reviews
Sep 03, 2005
Laufás is one of the Iceland's best-preserved turf homes built in 1865. Although its not longer a "home" but rather a museum. It is fully furnished with farmhouse tools, furniture, and kitchen utilities from the early 20th century. Just a short walk through this museum will give you an idea of what it was like to live in Iceland in the 17th century.
A turf home is a house made from sod. Iceland never had an abundance of trees, and what trees it may have had were cut down by the Vikings. Therefore wood was not available to build homes. Instead, Icelanders would cut blocks of sod out of fields and stack them like bricks to build the walls to their homes.
The living areas would be lined with wood for comfort and decoration. The sod walls were very affective in protecting Icelanders from the elements. These turf homes were used until the early 1900's. Nowadays most of Iceland's homes are made out of concrete.
The living areas were nicely furnished with decorations and furniture. It was quite cozy, but a bit too small for a big guy like me.
Laufás is larger than other turf homes because it was a farmhouse that housed up to 20-30 people.
Laufás is truly a unique experience. It is just off the main road to Akureyri. If you find yourself in Akureyri, its well worth the short drive.
Part of the Iceland 2005 travel blog
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