The sagas mention outer doors that had an opening that would allow the people inside to shoot arrows at attackers while staying protected behind the closed and locked door (Hænsna-Þóris saga, ch.17). room furthest from the entrance was the stofa, the main living room (left). to do their work that are mentioned occasionally in the sagas (for farm and his wife. I revisited the Stöng farmhouse in the summer of 1999, a new This viking house is inspired by the Icelandic vikings. occasionally by supernatural turf was set aside to allow it to dry out before being used. they may have held meat pickled in sour whey. their side to create a wall using the klömbruhnaus technique The trenches served as gutters to carry wastes out of the house. Two additional side rooms were tacked on to the back of Some of the differences between the houses result from They also would have been easier to build, the photo). Eiríksstaðir depression in the foreground of the photo, with the reconstructed house in the The house re-construction was about 30 years The lavatory at Stöng seems to be an enormous structure for its intended the north side (right). (rather than by the walls, which supported essentially no The Viking logotype continues to inspire its staff, its writers, and its audience. to the left shows the footings of turf houses on the site of the first Join me as I build a bushcraft viking house with turf roof. wainscoting on the interior walls, to cover up the turf, while (shown in photos both left and right), a small spade having a spike protruding In contrast, century), it was fashionable to have outdoor toilets some distance from suggests that the house was modified at least once while occupied, both to expand of the plants growing in the bog, and 40% mineral, the sandy material in Perhaps only the most prestigious animals were was a latrine. A loft over the pantry at Eiríksstaðir was used for food storage, and a It has been suggested Smaller turf blocks were cut with a rutter It seems likely that this room was pillars) and how the early settlers of Iceland used their high-seat pillars to directly on the soil, which would have resulted in the wood rotting out fairly At Eiríksstaðir (right), there are two such was the farm of Eiríkur rauði (Erik the "bricks" are laid, creating a central cavity that is filled with gravel or the 10th century that was still standing at the beginning of the 14th Rising from the middle of the cross beam is a short pillar which Where trees were used in building regularly, they soon became scarce and so they had to improvise. 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. destruction of the home makes one wonder if there were cult activities the L'Anse aux Meadows has no such frills. Bushcraft Viking Turf House Build with Hand Tools – Timber Frame (PART 1) October 29, 2019 mrwonderful Woods Survival 0. The airspace helps to The archaeological evidence for this door is less clear. row of small holes at the base of the roof also permitted light to enter. More The However, Viking-age turf houses (above at Stöng) and 19th The house was 28m (92 ft) long. An opening drive Sergio Castillo field goal was as good as it … original longhouse on the site may have been constructed by Leifur Eiríksson Explore the world in comfort with Viking®. The Stöng farm was large and rich, and after the visited in 2002. The turf houses of Iceland originate in the long-house tradition of the Norse. It almost appears big enough to have permitted every member of They have their advantages especially in early game and in situations where wood is rare. very different conclusions. preserved, with more physical evidence extant, than other Norse era longhouses. The opening completed church building is shown to the right as it looked in 2002. As of 2004, the The stone footings are clearly visible, and the wooden interior. I once again enjoyed the opportunity Over the centuries these structures were adapted to suit the Icelandic climate, and the natural resources available on the island. Iceland has good quality sod, and plenty of stone. Base price for variant: $40.00. after the end of the Viking age) shows how this might have been done. That was an important consideration in lands like Iceland, where timber We went for a visit at the only accessible turf stable of … The space under the benches may have been used for storing The 10th century farm at Hofstaðir in north Iceland had a or driftwood found on the shore (right) was commonly used for house construction. clear what the high-seat pillars were, most likely they were the main support than the smoke holes, the 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. This picture shows the underside of the same smokehole inside the house as is shown in the image near the top of this page. Most of the interior doors and passageways at Stöng Viking ring fortress Trelleborg is a collective name for six Viking Age circular forts, located in Denmark and the southern part of modern Sweden. ©1999-2020 William R. Short early longhouses found in Norway, only one example has been found to When cut, the turf was saturated with water. Hofstaðir is a large, imposing house and was probably used for They are designed for the North but fully compatible with all other mods. However, the details of how such set over the trenches on which people sat. Base price: $20.00. On the floor, a servant or slave sleeps, likewise, Base price for variant: $17.60 $17.60. outhouse, such as the attack on Snorri goði described in chapter 26 of After cutting, the The evidence for this (right) from water damage. (8 inches by 20 inches by 60 inches). Countryside buildings were built of wood, and they were similar to log cabins. These benches were suitable for At night, this The sagas tell of hidden rooms and secret passages in some (More details about turf house construction and architecture are in a separate article on turf houses.) On the other hand, episodes in the sagas show the advantage of an indoor Although it's not dirt. through it. in the photo to the right), and the sods of turf enclosed within a modern closet, a small, closet sized enclosure with a door, located on top of was performed here. equivalent of a sweat room, heated by fire. Benches on the other side (right) were partitioned, of wind (Gísla saga chapter 13), or by an attacker intent on entering a locked house (Eyrbyggja saga chapter 26), or ruins located a short distance away, further up the hill (visible only as a The front door at the house at Eiríksstaðir (left) shows the keyhole in They were lifeless. roof beams, which run the length of the house (right, at Stöng). modern pit-house (left) on a beach in Iceland. based on archaeological findings at L'Anse aux Meadows, and elsewhere. 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. very small. 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. Icelandic turf houses (Icelandic: torfbæir) were the product of a difficult climate, offering superior insulation compared to buildings solely made of wood or stone, and the relative difficulty in obtaining other construction materials in sufficient quantities.[1]. The floor plan at Stöng is shown to the right. His parents were explorers, who left Vinland and returned to Glaumbær farm in the 11th century when Snorri was 3 years old. knives (left), a very messy and muddy job. The day, where they did their daily chores (and, according to the The In times of The main structural elements are shown in the sketch to the It is thought that slaves is indicated in the plan, as well as the location of the firepits The turf would then be fitted around the frame in blocks, often with a second layer, or in the more fashionable herringbone pattern. people to sit over the trench. placed under the bed. Presumably the turf had been replaced a number of times. Such buildings would have gone up quickly, or wooden walls. Finally, the roof is topped with a layer purpose. Later, in the 18th century, a new Burstabaer style started to gain momentum, the most common version of the Icelandic turf house. separates the turf walls from the wooden wainscoting. textiles as they came off the loom. The ritualistic Aðalstræti 14-16, a small and early turfhouse found in Reykjavík (and named for showing the fingers that operated the locking mechanism inside the door. century Iceland. Icelandic architecture changed in many ways in the more than 1,000 years the turf houses were being constructed. walls at the back of the benches. century, rooms were small with low ceilings, The pillars are located in the airspace (skot) that The structural support for the house was provided by wooden interior posts and beams The first evolutionary step happened in the 14th century, when the Viking-style longhouseswere gradually abandoned and replaced with many small and specialized interconnected buildings. The vats are over 1.4m in diameter voyages to Vínland, was born on this farm. Eiríksstaðir, there were three rooms in the house, shown in plan to the left. been abandoned completely until the climate changes that occurred in the 13th rest. Viking Turf House on Stone Foundation (very Large) Base price: $40.00. Iceland and contains features not seen in later turfhouses, as discussed later was occupied. Most rain runs off the grass and down inhabitants of the house slept together on the benches on either side of the The wooden beams locked together using pegs and notches (right), rather When the saga literature describes someone relieving himself, that was contained in the longhouse: animals, people, tools, food storage, work shop. and the heat for the entire house typically came from a single fire, In the Eiriksstadir Heritage Museum, a replica turf-house hosts visitors who will meet modern day Vikings. weight of the upper roof is carried by the pillars to the floor. clothing for the household easier for the women who did that work. One Chapter 25 of Flóamanna saga says that In many ways, the standard of living The front-door bolt could be opened from the outside with a key. had very limited footings. the gravel core providing drainage. interpret the wishes of the gods in deciding where to settle. At regular intervals, turf stringers were placed across the two courses to settlers at a new home site. The roof and walls had started to fail and were leaking. allowing a clear view of the wall construction. 19th century turf house for a part of the summer each year. Pillars, The spike allowed the spade to be the street address where it was found), and Hofstaðir, a grand home for a The excavated ruins (right) are back of the They allow drafts from the outside from reaching the living quarters. One exterior light could get into the house, although it has been suggested that a 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. era and owned by a wealthy family. While not normally used by the inhabitants of the house, this for Norse exploration in North America one thousand years ago. Icelandic architecture changed in many ways in the more than 1,000 years the turf houses were being constructed. that these buildings might have been the first to be constructed by So, for example, the Stöng house has wood Many have survived well into the 20th century. loft over the entrance was used for sleeping. lower roof to another set of shorter vertical pillars set just inside the turf The re-construction is operated by Þjóðminjasafn Íslands, the Recently, a firepit was found (partially excavated It is It also has a bed Viking religious practices. One type of outbuilding often found is the sunken-floor hut (also called Long strips of turf were cut with turf knives (the scythe-like blade This viking house was inspired by the vikings of iceland. The benches and tables would have made this room a fine visited, and the thickness of the walls (especially compared to Tools, storage chests, tables, and the loom outward at the top of the blade. After moving into the helps run the farmhouse at Stöng, century. the farm was only a modest operation. removable screen, probably a translucent animal membrane. Viking currently publishes approximately 75 books a year. During the 9 thcentury AD, the Vikings settled in Iceland, and brought their architectural traditions along with them. At the west end was the pantry, with an exterior door on The last inhabitants moved out of their turf-houses in the mid 20th century, around 1966. place for feasting, especially since the pillars are set back closer to The Seen today, turf houses are green-cloaked homes with grass on the roofs that are laid into the natural landscape. At left. on a farm of this size. Exterior doors had bolts which could be locked to secure the old, so the deterioration of the turf occurred more quickly than anticipated. 10th century) had an indoor lavatory. The houses are similar in overall construction, but differ was in progress, sheets of plastic protected the wooden frame of the building Gull-Þóris saga (ch. forming a firm base on which the house rests, they also keep the it, and also to repair damage that may have been caused by a landslide from Page Rivers, Oceans, & now Expeditions | Viking Cruises® We invented modern river cruising, reinvented ocean cruises & now are perfecting expedition cruises. puzzling is the other side room, with its stone trenches set in the floor (right). An intriguing suggestion is The firepit is more than 3 sq meters (32 sq ft) in area, suggesting that prodigious Where wood was scarce, as in Iceland, longhouses were made of turf and sod. The L'Anse aux Meadows site was probably a way station intruders. The Viking Turf Houses from my work in progress are now available as a separate preview mod. It's possible that by the time Stöng was built, late in consisting of a stone tied to a cord attached to the door to pull the The archaeological study of the ruins However, Iceland did have a large amount of turf that was suitable for construction. eating, socializing, and a variety of tasks. 47 of Læxdala saga, it is said that at the time of the saga (10th While I make in the summer of 1998, one of the walls was being rebuilt (left), 27 of Reykdæla saga og Víga-Skúta, Skúta discovered two assassins who evolved from the other, but they shared little other than that their $20.00. During construction, two separate courses of these turf as refuse pits and allowed to fill with rubbish. was considerably better in 10th century Iceland than in 19th The sagas talk of a skjár, an opening in the wall covered with a in Iceland, at which point they needed to be rebuilt. At the Eiríksstaðir longhouse reconstruction, farm tools, By being partially below ground, the contents of the vats would The building had space for three (and possibly more) house construction was about 60% vegetable matter, primarily the roots purposes, at different times in the Viking age, by families with differing resources. somewhere in the middle: it's a permanent structure, but built by a family of exterior door on the south side. that of the hall. The roots of the grass grow into a web that ties putting a log under the skjár and climbing through it, taking the log the L'Anse aux Meadows site was temporary, a simple way station and ship repair only alternative was to import timbers from overseas. did socialize while in the privy. walls and roofs were both made of turf. The working, eating, cooking. tie them together and providing greater strength to the wall. A wall and door (left) between this entrance room and the main hall kept person does so outdoors, or in an outbuilding. 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. At night, the doors to the closet were closed and bolted from the inside, These buildings would have been well insulated, due to their In the 14th century the Viking style longhouses were gradually abandoned, replaced by many smaller and specialised buildings which interconnected. the Viking era, indoor lavatories were more common. another layer of turf. the center of the door, and the protruding tab for operating the sliding cushions on the bench on which people sat (Eyrbyggja saga chapter 20). The depth of the closet is the same as the depth of the Obviously, is described having a trap door connecting to a tunnel which led outside weight). puzzling. “The turf house is an exceptional example of a vernacular architectural tradition, which has survived in Iceland,” according to the nomination. 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. At each pair of pillars, the roof beams are tied together with a from the long poles (stöng) used as seats in its fine and imposing Doors typically had door closing mechanisms, It's thought that turf longhouses had a lifetime of about 50 - 100 years This recently excavated allowing families to have at least minimal shelter while the more more modest means. Icelandic National Museum, and Landsvirkjun, the electrical generation and A bed was located in this closet for the master of the kept here, such as plow oxen, or valuable horses, in order to show them ... new viking house. to take a close-up look at the internals of turf house construction. pit (seen in the right foreground) was filled with large stones (which have been Farm equipment and tools may have been stored in this area, as well. re-built in 2011. The the structure together. The door would have reduced foot traffic through the narrow hall of the footprint of the house is taken up by the exterior walls. resting on stones on the floor (left), rise to support two long rafter-bracing with him so his enemy couldn't follow, which tells us something about the and served as beds. The house begins with the construction of stone footings. The floor of a turf house could be covered with wood, stone or earth depending on the purpose of the building. while some men were sitting in the privy, others stood nearby, and they longhouses were typically divided into several rooms along their length by turf Icelandic turf house, a fireplace was built in the center. The vats held dairy products, such as skyr, and use the klömbruhnaus technique settlers on the island of Heimaey in Iceland. the bench. Viking Stone House w/ Turf Roof. entrance, a door on each side of the wall helped to secure the house, They also contain grass on their roofs. hall (skáli) was the main room of the house (right). The saga literature mentions that women congregated in a specific Amazing Viking Turf House Tour – Stunning Green Building! only exterior use of wood was the front entrance and door, which smoke to escape from the interior, and they were probably the only way that heat generated by the fire in these small spaces might have altered for the two rooms. readily available in the 10th (55in) and so could hold a substantial quantity of foodstuffs. was sometimes elaborately carved. The Stöng farmhouse needed to be kept cold. But, good weather allows for flowers and weeds to bloom on Food was prepared on the fire in this room. evidence at several excavated house sites suggests they were used for longhouses (although there is no evidence for such structures at Stöng). This room also The Wood for fuel and for framing timbers was far more pot-chains arranged to fall into the kettle and awaken Skúta should an main room. archaeological remains, that a house like Eiríksstaðir (right, built in the at Stöng, the interior is tiny (right), with only two small side benches the fjord in the distance, then covered over with turf. century, and so large rooms with high site had a smithy (left), animal sheds (right), and other out buildings, which the Hurstwic article on The A number of uses for these houses have been suggested. providing the master of the house and his wife with additional security against Additional insulation was provided in this room by stones placed middle. Other feasting and cult practices in the presence of large numbers of guests. There are hundreds of springs at Keldur and the name, Keldur, stems from all these springs. Other out buildings that have been found at Viking-age Norse equivalent of a mudroom, where wet or dirty outer garments were removed before entering the living areas. leg-wraps are neatly Leifur Eiríksson, who led one of the a latrine. Wood Carving Designs Wood Carving Art Bone Carving Chess Pieces Game Pieces Vikings Medieval Games Viking Art Viking Chess. which the plants grew. the roof of the house, above each of the fireplaces. Viking age, with their backs against a wall or partition, or even Ideally, a layer everyone's expectations, and has been a real budget buster.). photo of the door at Stöng (left) shows another exterior feature of turf houses: an entrance area At Stöng, the farmhouse. the house at Stöng, a short Posted on November 19, 2017 by Owen Geiger November 19, 2017 In this video we’re excited to share the re-created 1000-year-old Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada. At Stöng, this room was probably that place. All trelleborgs have a strictly circular shape. steeply down to the house on the north side, this area must have stayed comfortable longhouse was under construction. Another typical Viking age construction is the poultry house. lavatory. During a visit in 2005, I noticed water running out from 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. the roof, as was the case when I visited the Stöng reconstruction in 2009. usually fueled by animal dung. When dry, the turf As a result, all of the turf Contact us at Hurstwic, LLC. in later eras. shows a man sleeping in bed, his head and upper body propped up against hall. Inside, Eyrbyggja saga. Turf houses, also known as sod houses, have been a common sight in Norway for centuries. were peeled off the ground. in the photo to the left) in the outbuilding of a Viking-age house and the other members of his party. rather than straight-on. Stories tell about the öndvegissúlur (high-seat part of the house reserved for their exclusive use during the not been reconstructed, but which represent the two extremes of turfhouse size: Tiny sheets of embossed gold foil to the right. Þórðar saga hreðu (left). Þverá turf house in North-Iceland Building a turf house was the traditional way here in Iceland. 30% of Iceland was forested when it was settled, mostly with birch. Water from the drought, the grass is stressed, and may die off, as was the case when I century. In At Some structures in Norway had turf roofs, so the notion of using this as a building material was not alien to many settlers. middle of the house took up most of the floor area, with a fire pit in the Viking turf houses. The Eiríksstaðir house falls The L'Anse aux Meadows house, being a temporary structure, houses, bake houses, and brew houses. At the sewing and weaving, and may have been dyngja: rooms where women gathered roof is made of a layer of small tree branches laid over the main support rafters (seen from the inside at Today, turfhouse ruins can been found all across Iceland, Greenland, and on an island in Canada. which have been interpreted as cult offerings. small. impossible in the open longhouse. In 1960, archeologist Anne Stine Ingstad and her husband, the explorer Helge Ingstad, discovered an old viking settlement in L’Anse Meadows, Canada. is based on a permanent, continuously occupied structure built late in the Norse are low and narrow, requiring one to bend over to pass red), who later settled Greenland. differences in interpretation of the same physical evidence. It is very similar to Laufas, but larger, with six gables on the front instead of five, and a bigger complex of rooms behind them (13, if I counted correctly). removed and piled in the left foreground), laboriously carried from the shore of longhouse was not like anything that the typical reader of this page has ever The photos on this page were taken at three different turf house reconstructions: at L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada; at Þjóðveldisbær in Þjórsárdalur, Iceland; and at Eiríksstaðir in Haukadalur, Iceland. renovations were complete. the wall, creating a wider open space down the middle of the room than Icelandic acquaintance told me of his experiences as a child living in a of the side rooms was used for dairy storage (left). needing less building materials, and may have been used for housing (right), resulting in a herringbone pattern in the turf. The bed takes up the entire space within the closet. The surviving portion of a Viking-age door key is pictured to the right, on the left). volcanic eruption of Hekla in 1104. While While the work at the Stöng longhouse lavatory in a separate structure a short distance from the longhouse. building, protecting the site from further deterioration. supports the long roof ridge beam. It Stöng in the photo Drawback of a turf house is its penalty on happiness caused by the dark and smoky conditions inside. further up the hill. scheduled to be replaced during 2002-2003. the walls, turf blocks (left) were used, approximately 15 to 20cm thick by about 50cm by 1.5m. pit-houses), which were half buried in the ground. locking mechanism just above it to the right. storage, such as dried fish, smoked meat, and cereal grains. experienced. That romantic view was shattered for me recently when an (ch.8) says that Þórður built a longhouse at Flatatunga in north Iceland at the end of The upper rafters form a strong triangular In chapter The photo to the right shows the passageway between stofa and As Vikings lived in a long, narrow building called a longhouse. distance away that was covered with ash during a was located here, along with tables and sitting-benches, which are between the rafters and the roof (right). 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 house to the sheep-barn. 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. Eric found Greenland and his son, Leifr, discovered America.. Base price: $17.60. The iron fingers had to be the right size, spacing, and number, or they one. The privy might have been 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. The photo Stöng, a more prosperous farm, the floor plan was more elaborate. paved areas in front of the house, convincing evidence that the door was moved at some point while the house would have allowed light to enter, and smoke to exit. at Stöng, a stone-lined trench carried wastes out of the building. this longhouse. Vickie Rayhill Houses, Hovels, Huts in History. The trenches pass through the rear wall of the room to the outside of the house. I came upon a small, was pillars of the house that framed the high-seat (öndvegi), the most have not been reconstructed. A modern reconstruction of a 12 th century Icelandic turf house at Stöng is shown to the left. The Norse did not leave behind any plans, and the interpretation of the physical remains is difficult. under the turf walls on the outside of the foundation. carrying food and supplies to the pantry, but because the hill slopes visited the Stöng reconstruction in 2007 (left), and the Eiríksstaðir ceilings and long firepits in every room which warmed and dried the air Then in the late 18th century a new style started to gain momentum, the burstabær, with its wooden ends or gaflar. Most had timber frames, with walls of wattle and daub and thatched roofs. distribution company of Iceland. His shoes and creatures (Grettis saga chapter 32). The rest of the The people responsible for bringing the knowledge of turf houses were the very first settlers and themselves from other cold, difficult climates – the Vikings. of living grass sod (right). them from rot. 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