The photos on this page were taken at three different turf house reconstructions:



at L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada;



at Ţjóđveldisbćr in Ţjórsárdalur, Iceland;



and at Eiríksstađir in Haukadalur, Iceland.

The Ţjóđveldisbćr longhouse (located in Ţjórsárdalur) is a re-creation of a typical Icelandic turf house from the end of the Norse era and is based on the house at Stöng, a short distance away that was covered with ash during a volcanic eruption of Hekla in 1104. As a result, it was better preserved, with more physical evidence extant, than other Norse era longhouses. The excavated ruins (right) are enclosed within a modern building, protecting the site from further deterioration.
ruins at Stong

The Stöng farm was large and rich, and after the eruption, it may not have been abandoned completely until the climate changes that occurred in the 13th century. During its prosperous years, perhaps twenty or more people lived in this longhouse. The re-construction is operated by Ţjóđminjasafn Íslands, the Icelandic National Museum, and Landsvirkjun, the electrical generation and distribution company of Iceland.

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