More photographs from our holiday in Iceland.
I glimpsed several of these old Turf roofed buildings from the coach as we travelled around southern Iceland. We stopped to take a closer look at these.
They have recently been used as farm buildings, I don't know whether they were ever houses.
We also saw this little turf roofed church which was very simple but very beautiful inside.
Turf roof houses are very traditional Icelandic houses especially in the country areas. We saw examples of some that had been rebuilt at the folk museum at Skogar.
The museum has rebuilt several original buildings in the style of a farm in the 19th Century, The farmhouse nearest with the three white windows was originally built in 1896.
Inside it was furnished as it might have been in the 1800s, the bedroom below is around 1838
and the parlour from1896.
I don't have a picture of the kitchen which was quite dark but this is the view from the window.
Also at the museum were replicas of more recent houses, some of which were lived in until the 1970s before being dismantled and rebuilt at the museum.
The following pictures may be a bit muddled. The disadvantage of going on an escorted tour is that you don't always have quite enough time to spend at some places before having to move on. While everyone was having lunch, I decided to go hungry and run about seeing as much as possible - I can eat anytime but I might not see this again!
Anyway, here are some photographs from the interior of two of the houses from the first half of the twentieth century.
There was a lot of embroidery on display, some of it quite delicate. Its difficult to judge from a museum but these houses certainly felt very loved, filled with home made furnishings.
I liked the raised 3D effect of these flowers, imagine sitting in lamp light working on pieces like this.
Lastly a picture of the school house built in 1911.