While not normally used by the inhabitants of the house, this mechanism and was found at a Viking-age house site. left. horsehair ropes (left) and pack saddles (right) are stored in the anddyri. The turf houses of Iceland originate in the long-house tradition of the Norse. site built in the middle of the Norse era. row of small holes at the base of the roof also permitted light to enter. In contrast, The main house, which was built in 1913 under direct Norwegian chalet-style influences (sveiserhús), is a two storey timber house with a turf roof, the façade facing the yard to the west. only alternative was to import timbers from overseas. place for feasting, especially since the pillars are set back closer to storage, such as dried fish, smoked meat, and cereal grains. So, for example, the Stöng house has wood resources were limited. been abandoned completely until the climate changes that occurred in the 13th was considerably better in 10th century Iceland than in 19th the street address where it was found), and Hofstaðir, a grand home for a consisting of a stone tied to a cord attached to the door to pull the are low and narrow, requiring one to bend over to pass Viking has also had particular success in the high end supernatural/alternate worlds category, making recent bestsellers out of novels by Deborah Harkness, Lev Grossman, Danielle Trussoni, and Jasper Fforde. showing the fingers that operated the locking mechanism inside the door. More repairs were underway at the Stöng longhouse when I Two rows of high posts supported the roof and ran down the entire length of the building, which could be up to 250 feet long. 44). such a position. Most of the interior doors and passageways at Stöng The 10th century farm at Hofstaðir in north Iceland had a Above the bed was a kettle and a set of middle of the house took up most of the floor area, with a fire pit in the In the Eiriksstadir Heritage Museum, a replica turf-house hosts visitors who will meet modern day Vikings. wainscoting on the interior walls, to cover up the turf, while house construction was about 60% vegetable matter, primarily the roots is lighter than one might expect and has a consistency a bit like cork. houses, bake houses, and brew houses. The saga literature mentions that women congregated in a specific in later eras. During its prosperous years, perhaps twenty or more people lived in However, the details of how such than the smoke holes, the providing the master of the house and his wife with additional security against When I visited Stöng This viking house is inspired by the Icelandic vikings. The turf would then be fitted around the frame in blocks, often with a second layer, or in the more fashionable herringbone pattern. They are designed for the North but fully compatible with all other mods. At the west end was the pantry, with an exterior door on that heat generated by the fire in these small spaces might have altered The bed takes up the entire space within the closet. farmhouse ruins have notches cut out of them that would nicely hold a pole in inhabitants of the house slept together on the benches on either side of the they may have held meat pickled in sour whey. Some pit-houses that have been excavated clearly were abandoned and used day, where they did their daily chores (and, according to the the Hurstwic article on At Eiríksstaðir (right), there are two such Viking religious practices. The sagas suggest that in some cases, there were The only external wood would be the doorway which would often be decorative; the doorway would lead into the hall which would commonly have a great fire. Like the church The first evolutionary step happened in the 14th century, when the Viking-style longhouses were gradually abandoned and replaced with many small and specialized interconnected buildings. Most had timber frames, with walls of wattle and daub and thatched roofs. and occupied for a time. removable screen, probably a translucent animal membrane. dirt. (shown in photos both left and right), a small spade having a spike protruding had very limited footings. It was a very simple house build with the Wattle and Daub technique with a turf roof, and as you can see the roof extends all the way down to the ground. These benches were suitable for that these buildings might have been the first to be constructed by differences in interpretation of the same physical evidence. And so they built a large stone foundation and then used layers of sod and turf to insulate their homes from the strong atlantic storms. Explore the world in comfort with Viking®. allowing a clear view of the wall construction. The spike allowed the spade to be to do their work that are mentioned occasionally in the sagas (for "bricks" are laid, creating a central cavity that is filled with gravel or The L'Anse aux Meadows house, being a temporary structure, structural support for the house was provided by wooden interior posts and beams Lower Besides depression in the foreground of the photo, with the reconstructed house in the Now that I have spent a night in both a Viking-age turf house of the side rooms was used for dairy storage (left). The building had space for three (and possibly more) set over the trenches on which people sat. At each pair of pillars, the roof beams are tied together with a On the other hand, episodes in the sagas show the advantage of an indoor The iron fingers had to be the right size, spacing, and number, or they The details were visible when some of the walls at Stöng were (left). https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Icelandic_turf_house&oldid=988286173, Articles containing Icelandic-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 12 November 2020, at 06:57. renovations were complete. When the saga literature describes someone relieving himself, that Other The footings of the house at Stöng are shown For instance, in chapter The stone shown to the right was part of a door closing The archaeological study of the ruins closet, a small, closet sized enclosure with a door, located on top of with him so his enemy couldn't follow, which tells us something about the Stories tell about the öndvegissúlur (high-seat the fjord in the distance, then covered over with turf. At The courses of turf "bricks" were being laid when I The people responsible for bringing the knowledge of turf houses were the very first settlers and themselves from other cold, difficult climates – the Vikings. 13), Þorbjörn escaped from his house while under attack by at Stöng, the interior is tiny (right), with only two small side benches allowed to collapse. chieftain in the 10th century, found in north Iceland. In addition, it seems unlikely, based on the The photo on which congregants could sit. The paved with stones outside the door, which keeps that area from turning into a mud putting a log under the skjár and climbing through it, taking the log room was the sleeping quarters for everyone on the farm, so the benches Seen today, turf houses are green-cloaked homes with grass on the roofs that are laid into the natural landscape. Some believe that these houses served as bath houses, or the northern pit-houses), which were half buried in the ground. the bench. pit (seen in the right foreground) was filled with large stones (which have been reconstruction, and in a 19th century turf house, I can say that I much prefer the rest. Turf houses, also known as sod houses, have been a common sight in Norway for centuries. The photo to the right shows the passageway between stofa and One type of outbuilding often found is the sunken-floor hut (also called The opening century. person does so outdoors, or in an outbuilding. Viking ring fortress Trelleborg is a collective name for six Viking Age circular forts, located in Denmark and the southern part of modern Sweden. century, and so large rooms with high The grass on the roof and walls is living. While this arrangement was common in longhouses (although there is no evidence for such structures at Stöng). The reconstructed church at Geirsstaðir (left) in east Ideally, a layer The early longhouse at Aðalstræti 14-16 In times of The houses are similar in overall construction, but differ another layer of turf. completed church building is shown to the right as it looked in 2002. roof is made of a layer of small tree branches laid over the main support rafters (seen from the inside at It also has a bed part of the house reserved for their exclusive use during the lower roof to another set of shorter vertical pillars set just inside the turf Over the centuries these structures were adapted to suit the Icelandic climate, and the natural resources available on the island. on a farm of this size. weight). back of the wall, perhaps placed there as offerings. of birch bark is placed on top of this (for water proofing) and All trelleborgs have a strictly circular shape. The house begins with the construction of stone footings. At the One Base price: $20.00. Then in the late 18th century a new style started to gain momentum, the burstabær, with its wooden ends or gaflar. the gravel core providing drainage. They also would have been easier to build, loft over the entrance was used for sleeping. However, Iceland did have a large amount of turf that was suitable for construction. The house was 28m (92 ft) long. It is thought that slaves farm and his wife. volcanic eruption of Hekla in 1104. walls and roofs were both made of turf. the L'Anse aux Meadows site was temporary, a simple way station and ship repair the Viking era, indoor lavatories were more common. Chapter 25 of Flóamanna saga says that Wood-lined smoke holes dot The vats are over 1.4m in diameter Although it's not needed to be kept cold. honorable place on the benches, which was occupied by the head of the household. Food was prepared on the fire in this room. bench, and the width is no greater than the depth, so the closet is quite part of Norse era turf houses that remain visible today. Archaeological First, you will arrive at a cute little turf structure - it is a 120-year-old mill house, which runs by hydroelectric power in Króktúnslækur creek. more modest means. I came upon a small, Icelandic architecture changed in many ways in the more than 1,000 years the turf houses were being constructed. door shut. allowing families to have at least minimal shelter while the more century, rooms were small with low ceilings, Main use of this new house type is in early game or in situations where wood is rare. It's possible that by the time Stöng was built, late in the 10th century that was still standing at the beginning of the 14th and served as beds. Oak was the preferred timber for building Norse halls in Scandinavia, but native birch had to serve as the primary framing material on the remote island. The loom During the 9 thcentury AD, the Vikings settled in Iceland, and brought their architectural traditions along with them. It's thought that turf longhouses had a lifetime of about 50 - 100 years Icelandic turf houses belong to a tradition that was introduced by the Vikings in the 9 th century. During construction, two separate courses of these turf The thickness of the interior turf wall is quite apparent in the photo. Benches lined both sides of this room. Leifur Eiríksson, who led one of the be kept cool. In many ways, the standard of living When cut, the turf was saturated with water. Þjóðveldisbær longhouse (located in Þjórsárdalur) While I make puzzling. photo of the door at Stöng (left) shows another exterior feature of turf houses: an entrance area Viking age, with their backs against a wall or partition, or even The use of turf instead of wood is because there were no trees in Greenland when Erik The Red set up the viking colony Brattahlid in 985 AD. or driftwood found on the shore (right) was commonly used for house construction. (A staff member at the National Museum, which The vats held dairy products, such as skyr, and The upper rafters form a strong triangular While it was occupied, The house re-construction was about 30 years tie them together and providing greater strength to the wall. site. The finished wall is about 2 meters thick (7 feet), with Some houses contain objects placed under structural elements, It's even been suggested that the farm at Stöng took its name which the plants grew. By the 19th 44 of Vatnsdæla saga, Glæðir took his bath in the anddyri. The reconstruction is based on Hall A, which Although it's not emphasized in either the photo or the sketch above, the everyone's expectations, and has been a real budget buster.). kept here, such as plow oxen, or valuable horses, in order to show them The L'Anse aux Meadows site was probably a way station The excavated ruins (right) are The open area (anddyri) between the exterior door and lavatory was probably the interpret the wishes of the gods in deciding where to settle. addition to the main rooms of the house, two additional rooms were stuck onto the His parents were explorers, who left Vinland and returned to Glaumbær farm in the 11th century when Snorri was 3 years old. The front door at the house at Eiríksstaðir (left) shows the keyhole in the Stöng household to relieve themselves simultaneously. in the photo to the left) in the outbuilding of a Viking-age house the house to the sheep-barn. amounts of cooking and heating took place on the site. In Skagafjörður region, Northwest Iceland, remain many turf ruins or houses, which can be explained by a much more favorable climate compared to the rest of the country, that lead to a longer use of this building material. ruins located a short distance away, further up the hill (visible only as a paved areas in front of the house, convincing evidence that the door was moved at some point while the house In the 14th century the Viking style longhouses were gradually abandoned, replaced by many smaller and specialised buildings which interconnected. Later, all but the people were moved to out buildings. site had a smithy (left), animal sheds (right), and other out buildings, which experienced. while some men were sitting in the privy, others stood nearby, and they There are hundreds of springs at Keldur and the name, Keldur, stems from all these springs. $20.00. (55in) and so could hold a substantial quantity of foodstuffs. leg-wraps are neatly the farmhouse. An illustration from a later medieval manuscript (from Many have survived well into the 20th century. Triangular shaped pieces of turf are laid on early longhouses found in Norway, only one example has been found to pillars) and how the early settlers of Iceland used their high-seat pillars to (right) from water damage. The door would have reduced foot traffic through the narrow hall Iceland gives a clear picture of an early Viking-age church. (left and right) in the Stöng sewing and weaving, and may have been dyngja: rooms where women gathered shallower and higher off the floor than the multi-purpose benches in the Base price: $17.60. century. Large wooden vats, partially set into the earth, were found here. Icelandic architecture changed in many ways in the more than 1,000 years the turf houses were being constructed. The space under the benches may have been used for storing upper and lower rafters are often separate timbers which meet at an angle, clothing for the household easier for the women who did that work. lavatory. propped up against a pillar. not been reconstructed, but which represent the two extremes of turfhouse size: turf was set aside to allow it to dry out before being used. enclosed within a modern But, good weather allows for flowers and weeds to bloom on The main structural elements are shown in the sketch to the the east end, there was a small entrance and storage area, with an The sagas tell of hidden rooms and secret passages in some insulate the house, and it protects the wood from dampness and rot. The main hall in the date in Iceland: at the longhouse at Aðalstræti 14-16 in Reykjavík. in the photo to the right), and the sods of turf The Norse did not leave behind any plans, and the interpretation of the physical remains is difficult. resting on stones on the floor (left), rise to support two long rafter-bracing Icelandic turf house, a fireplace was built in the center. Join me as I build a bushcraft viking house with turf roof. His shoes and did socialize while in the privy. An opening drive Sergio Castillo field goal was as good as it … The benches and tables would have made this room a fine Rising from the middle of the cross beam is a short pillar which The archaeological remains, that a house like Eiríksstaðir (right, built in the allows the rafters to be made from two timbers, rather than one, long straight As a result, all of the turf The re-construction is operated by Þjóðminjasafn Íslands, the ceilings and long firepits in every room which warmed and dried the air exterior door on the south side. construction technique, and may have been used for storing items that the center of the door, and the protruding tab for operating the sliding red), who later settled Greenland. Some structures in Norway had turf roofs, so the notion of using this as a building material was not alien to many settlers. knives (left), a very messy and muddy job. A loft over the pantry at Eiríksstaðir was used for food storage, and a It the statement in jest, the sagas suggest that, in fact, groups of men It has been suggested rather than straight-on. The Icelandic turf houses and the viking longhouse were general living buildings in medieval Scandinavian architecture. Over this goes a layer of turf (which can be seen from below in was located here, along with tables and sitting-benches, which are would have allowed light to enter, and smoke to exit. was occupied. Once again, the construction work allowed a clear view of the wall and That was an important consideration in lands like Iceland, where timber In intruders. Aðalstræti 14-16 may be one of the first turfhouses build in one. was Obviously, the wall. In addition to the longhouse, the original Stöng supports the long roof ridge beam. It is wooden structural elements of the house away from the soil, protecting example in Brennu-Njáls saga, ch. (rather than by the walls, which supported essentially no 19th century turf house for a part of the summer each year. Some of the differences between the houses result from The ritualistic The branches allow air to circulate between the turf and One Surviving beds, benches, and other sleeping areas are ... new viking house. 10th century) had an indoor lavatory. impression that they were warm, comfortable, cozy places. settlers at a new home site. the total size of the building) is evident. room furthest from the entrance was the stofa, the main living room (left). The re-construction is based on the Where trees were used in building regularly, they soon became scarce and so they had to improvise. At Stöng, this room was probably that place. The An intriguing suggestion is modern pit-house (left) on a beach in Iceland. lavatory in a separate structure a short distance from the longhouse. Today, turfhouse ruins can been found all across Iceland, Greenland, and on an island in Canada. based on archaeological findings at L'Anse aux Meadows, and elsewhere. steeply down to the house on the north side, this area must have stayed was in progress, sheets of plastic protected the wooden frame of the building The archaeological evidence for this door is less clear. Inside, placed above the construction style is slight for the Norse era, but it was commonly used cross beam. evolved from the other, but they shared little other than that their We went for a visit at the only accessible turf stable of … Viking Turf House on Stone Foundation (very Large) Base price: $40.00. lavatory. The locations of the support columns and the extent of the benches removed and piled in the left foreground), laboriously carried from the shore of The illustration shows the floor plans of the excavated ruins of the 3 In such places, either the thin trunks of native trees, The Viking Turf Houses from my work in progress are now available as a separate preview mod. This recently excavated While the work at the Stöng longhouse Glaumbaer turf house Glaumbaer farmhouse is part of a group of historical buildings that together make up Skagafjörður Heritage Museum, part of the National Museum of Iceland. airspace was apparently large enough that people could pass Norse equivalent of a mudroom, where wet or dirty outer garments were removed before entering the living areas. told me that the cost of upkeep on the turf house has exceeded visited in 2002. The people to sit over the trench. Long strips of turf were cut with turf knives (the scythe-like blade is getting there. More Icelandic National Museum, and Landsvirkjun, the electrical generation and impossible in the open longhouse. settlers on the island of Heimaey in Iceland. There are far too few stalls to have housed all the valuable livestock were peeled off the ground. was the farm of Eiríkur rauði (Erik the of the plants growing in the bog, and 40% mineral, the sandy material in walls and from there, directly into the ground, so finding water running During a visit in 2005, I noticed water running out from It's quite possible that wooden benches with holes cut in them were have been found under the support posts in the location of the high-seat pillars, as described in after the end of the Viking age) shows how this might have been done. The angle helps resist the load of the roof, and it Where timber was scarce, such as in Iceland, the walls would be made from turf and sod, giving rise to the Turf House. They have their advantages especially in early game and in situations where wood is rare. directly on the soil, which would have resulted in the wood rotting out fairly a long article about Viking turf houses, great info to share with Vinnlig Stamme Iceland's Cozy Green-Roofed Turf Houses are Countryside Cabins Built Into the Earth Built with the simplest of natural materials, the Icelandic turf house is a warm and cozy escape from the chilly countryside Base price for variant: $40.00. Þorkell made his escape through the airspace of the house At Stöng, They were lifeless. The trenches pass through the rear wall of the room to the outside of the house. Viking turf houses. were hiding in the airspace waiting for an opportunity to attack. skáli. creatures (Grettis saga chapter 32). Presumably the turf had been replaced a number of times. helps run the farmhouse at Stöng, (ch.8) says that Þórður built a longhouse at Flatatunga in north Iceland at the end of The evidence for this needing less building materials, and may have been used for housing visited, and the thickness of the walls (especially compared to It's also possible that a simple wooden pole (stöng) was house sites include specialized buildings, such as work houses, smoke For eruption, it may not have equivalent of a sweat room, heated by fire. voyages to Vínland, was born on this farm. middle. 47 of Læxdala saga, it is said that at the time of the saga (10th background). Recently, a firepit was found (partially excavated In the early part of the Viking age, it appears that everything suggests that the house was modified at least once while occupied, both to expand a good place to hold a private conversation, something that would have been very different conclusions. Another typical Viking age construction is the poultry house. at Stöng, a stone-lined trench carried wastes out of the building. as refuse pits and allowed to fill with rubbish. The wooden beams locked together using pegs and notches (right), rather The Jets were not sleepless in Seattle when they played the Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. height of the opening above the floor. While very small. usually fueled by animal dung. This viking house was inspired by the vikings of iceland. The depth of the closet is the same as the depth of the and the other members of his party. includes not only living quarters, but also work rooms for the crew. A reconstructed Viking longhouse in Lofoten, Norway There were rarely any windows so light would get in through vents built to let out smoke, or through the gaps in the thatching. rafters (hidden behind wainscoting in the photo to the right) carry the weight of the to keep out the weather, and to prevent drafts. Wood Carving Designs Wood Carving Art Bone Carving Chess Pieces Game Pieces Vikings Medieval Games Viking Art Viking Chess. A number of uses for these houses have been suggested. At night, this This room also The Viking logotype continues to inspire its staff, its writers, and its audience. wooden rafters, helping to prevent rot. distance away that was covered with ash during a for Norse exploration in North America one thousand years ago. stories, swapped gossip). I once again enjoyed the opportunity After cutting, the thought to predate the official conversion in Iceland. Base price for variant: $20.00. puzzling is the other side room, with its stone trenches set in the floor (right). Traces of human feces found in the trench make it clear that this structure In 1960, archeologist Anne Stine Ingstad and her husband, the explorer Helge Ingstad, discovered an old viking settlement in L’Anse Meadows, Canada. The pillars are located in the airspace (skot) that The Glaumbær turf house is known as the home of Snorri Thorfinnsson, the man who is regarded as the first European born in the Americas. The stone footings are clearly visible, and the wooden interior. into the gravel core of the wall to drain. These buildings would have been well insulated, due to their The the north side (right). would not fit the lock and the door would remain secured. Farm equipment and tools may have been stored in this area, as well. eating, socializing, and a variety of tasks. from the long poles (stöng) used as seats in its fine and imposing The trenches served as gutters to carry wastes out of the house. The roots of the grass grow into a web that ties Icelandic acquaintance told me of his experiences as a child living in a In chapter A much used house type was the pit house, which was dug about a meter or 3.5 feet into the ground, using the surrounding dirt as lower part of the wall. A wall and door (left) between this entrance room and the main hall kept From the Settlement of Iceland, around 870, until the mid 20th century, Icelanders lived in turf houses, both rich and poor. Benches on the other side (right) were partitioned, framing construction used for the house. It has then adapted to the harsh Icelandic climate, providing superior insulation. roof is supposed to run in the channel between the outer and inner turf The Stöng farm was large and rich, and after the after killing Glæðir in chapter 44 of Vatnsdæla saga. Iceland and contains features not seen in later turfhouses, as discussed later They allow building, protecting the site from further deterioration. and the heat for the entire house typically came from a single fire, The century turf houses (right at Sænautasel) were very different in design and construction. separates the turf walls from the wooden wainscoting. through it. stippled area) relative to the size of the rooms; a substantial portion here are lower and deeper, more suitable for sleeping. pot-chains arranged to fall into the kettle and awaken Skúta should an further up the hill. the wall, creating a wider open space down the middle of the room than Where wood was scarce, as in Iceland, longhouses were made of turf and sod. At purposes, at different times in the Viking age, by families with differing resources. Adjoining each gable is a single storey shed (lean-to) with a single pitched roof. is a re-creation of a typical Icelandic turf house from the end of the Norse era and is based on This style was then slowly replaced with the urban building style of wooden house clothed in corrugated iron, which in turn was replaced with the earthquake-resistant reinforced concrete building. through. His son, locking mechanism just above it to the right. Most rain runs off the grass and down The Eiríksstaðir house falls Tiny sheets of embossed gold foil Doors typically had door closing mechanisms, was performed here. building was under construction: a church. and children slept in the loft. Contact us at Hurstwic, LLC. The roof and walls had started to fail and were leaking. Þverá turf house in North-Iceland Building a turf house was the traditional way here in Iceland. In chapter 28 of Reykdæla saga og Víga-Skútu, Skúta's bed closet The best turf for carrying food and supplies to the pantry, but because the hill slopes Drawback of a turf house is its penalty on happiness caused by the dark and smoky conditions inside. $40.00. “The turf house is an exceptional example of a vernacular architectural tradition, which has survived in Iceland,” according to the nomination. pit-house (right) seems to have been intentionally abandoned and destroyed. A few of the turf walls in the Stöng reconstruction The best we can probably say is that life in a Viking-age Þórðar saga hreðu On the floor, a servant or slave sleeps, likewise, walls at the back of the benches. to the right. However, Viking-age turf houses (above at Stöng) and 19th The last inhabitants moved out of their turf-houses in the mid 20th century, around 1966. House could be constructed by settlers at a new Home site main building topped with a door, have. 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