Godafoss and Laufas

This tour begins with a visit to the beautiful waterfall Gošafoss. Your guide will tell you about all the things you wanted to know about the Icelanders,

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This tour begins with a visit to the beautiful waterfall Gošafoss. Your guide will tell you about all the things you wanted to know about the Icelanders, their heritage, their humor, the local area, and answer all the questions you may have. After exploring the waterfall we drive to the Old Turf house Laufas.

Tour length:  3,5 hours
Price:  15.000 iskr. No minimum. 
Depart from:  Hof Culture Center - Hotel pick up available in Akureyri
Operated:  May - Sept.
Included in the price:  Transport, guide and entrance fee to the museum at Laufįs

 

laufas-turfhouse-north-icelandLaufįs in Eyjafjöršur is located by the estuary of the river Fnjóskį. The old farm is a good example of a wealthy vicarage in earlier times. The house that is a turf-clad timber building, has a history that goes right back to the Middle-Ages. It has been rebuilt regularly through the centuries whenever needed. 
The house that stands now was built between 1860 - 1877. It was then rebuilt in the form we see today. The house is mostly timber frame structure, but part of the tunnels are built with stave construction and the oldest part of the house - The Bridal Room is a combination of both methods.

One of the gables, the one far most to the right, is slightly younger then the other ones and look a little bit different. It is not the same height as the others and the lining and size of windows is not the same.laufas-turfhouse-north-iceland

The Old Farmhouse at Laufįs was last inhabited in 1936. Until a new vicarage was built beside it. In 1948 the National Museum's Historic Building Collection took the old house under protection and since then it has been a museum.

The artifacts in the house are both from the old house and also from neighbouring farms. They were collected mainly in the early sixties. The artifacts on display give visitors a good idea of how Icelanders used to live until the early 20th century.

In the church at Laufįs is a pulpit from the year 1698. However the church itself is from 1865. The church is a good testament to the ambition of the keepers in their time. Like most Icelandic churches it is humble and beautiful building. 

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