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"Nýibær turf-house at Hólar in Hjaltadalur." Hjaltadalur Things to Do Tip by Regina1965

Hjaltadalur Things to Do: 9 reviews and 45 photos

  Nýibærinn turf-house - the New Farm.
by Regina1965
  • Nýibærinn turf-house - the New Farm. - Hjaltadalur
      Nýibærinn turf-house - the New Farm.
    by Regina1965
  • Nýibær turf-house. - Hjaltadalur
      Nýibær turf-house.
    by Regina1965
  • Nýibær turf-house. - Hjaltadalur
      Nýibær turf-house.
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  • Inside Nýibær turf-house - Hjaltadalur
      Inside Nýibær turf-house
    by Regina1965
  • Inside Nýibær turf-house. - Hjaltadalur
      Inside Nýibær turf-house.
    by Regina1965

At Hólar there is a lovely turf-house called Nýibær or "New Farm" erected in 1860. It is called New Farm as the old farm was still there when the new farm was raised. People lived in the turf-house until 1945.

Nýibær turf-farm is now in the index of archaeological sites and relics and has belonged to the National Museum of Iceland since 1958. It is open and admission is free. But it is different from other turf-houses which are now museums in Iceland in that it is empty, and the turf-house itself is the show-piece. And it is a beautiful show-piece, both inside and out. It is especially interesting walking around it, seeing the small windows in what seems to be only a grass-mound. The turf-farms only look like houses from the front - they are totally different from the side and from the back - see my photos.

There are not many turf-houses left in Iceland, the main ones are scattered around the country: 1 in Reykjavík, 3 in South-Iceland, 2 in East-Iceland, 7 in North-Iceland and none in West-Iceland. Then there are parts of turf-houses and outhouses left in some parts in Iceland. These turf-houses are Iceland's architectural and national heritage and I am glad that some of them were preserved. The major part of the Icelandic nation lived in turf-houses with the last inhabitants moving out of the turf-houses around 1966.

Have I mentioned that I find turf-houses so cute, but I must stress that it must not have been easy living in a turf-house.

Nýibær is now called Gamlibær or the old turf-house.

Address: Hólar í Hjaltadal, 551 Sauðárkrókur, N-Iceland
Directions: Nýibær turf-farm is next to the main building at Hólar.

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  • Updated Feb 3, 2016
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