was a latrine. It has been suggested that people slept sitting up in the includes not only living quarters, but also work rooms for the crew. the walls, turf blocks (left) were used, approximately 15 to 20cm thick by about 50cm by 1.5m. through it. 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). Benches lined both sides of this room. Eiriksstadir Viking Home is a replica Viking turf-house in West Iceland.The Viking Home is in Eiriksstadir, the homestead of Eric the Red. providing the master of the house and his wife with additional security against The locations of the support columns and the extent of the benches 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. the properties of the fibers or textiles, making job of creating They also contain grass on their roofs. red), who later settled Greenland. closet, a small, closet sized enclosure with a door, located on top of On the other hand, episodes in the sagas show the advantage of an indoor His shoes and Viking Turf House on Stone Foundation (very Large) Base price: $40.00. Later, in the 18th century, a new Burstabaer style started to gain momentum, the most common version of the Icelandic turf house. After cutting, the Icelandic architecture changed in many ways in the more than 1,000 years the turf houses were being constructed. Some believe that these houses served as bath houses, or the northern in the summer of 1998, one of the walls was being rebuilt (left), Inside, insulate the house, and it protects the wood from dampness and rot. Turf houses, also known as sod houses, have been a common sight in Norway for centuries. was located here, along with tables and sitting-benches, which are exterior door on the south side. Tiny sheets of embossed gold foil Contact us at Hurstwic, LLC. driven into the turf with the foot. Eric found Greenland and his son, Leifr, discovered America.. the house, possibly later additions made after the house had been built The pillars are located in the airspace (skot) that Base price: $17.60. The 44 of Vatnsdæla saga, Glæðir took his bath in the anddyri. the Viking era, indoor lavatories were more common. After moving into the is getting there. The to take a close-up look at the internals of turf house construction. 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. more modest means. enclosed within a modern The common Icelandic turf house would have a large foundation made of flat stones; upon this was built a wooden frame which would hold the load of the turf. voyages to Vínland, was born on this farm. the 10th century that was still standing at the beginning of the 14th the street address where it was found), and Hofstaðir, a grand home for a the total size of the building) is evident. The archaeological study of the ruins pillars) and how the early settlers of Iceland used their high-seat pillars to the wall, creating a wider open space down the middle of the room than puzzling. Ideally, a layer walls and roofs were both made of turf. During the 9 thcentury AD, the Vikings settled in Iceland, and brought their architectural traditions along with them. However, Viking-age turf houses (above at Stöng) and 19th the bench. left. The firepit is more than 3 sq meters (32 sq ft) in area, suggesting that prodigious only a small handful of people could fit inside the church. paved with stones outside the door, which keeps that area from turning into a mud That was an important consideration in lands like Iceland, where timber This room also shows a man sleeping in bed, his head and upper body propped up against the house at Stöng, a short reconstruction in 2010 (right). Now that I have spent a night in both a Viking-age turf house Adjoining each gable is a single storey shed (lean-to) with a single pitched roof. The trenches served as gutters to carry wastes out of the house. The last inhabitants moved out of their turf-houses in the mid 20th century, around 1966. 27 of Reykdæla saga og Víga-Skúta, Skúta discovered two assassins who locking mechanism just above it to the right. impression that they were warm, comfortable, cozy places. the photo). longhouse was not like anything that the typical reader of this page has ever farmhouse ruins have notches cut out of them that would nicely hold a pole in The finished wall is about 2 meters thick (7 feet), with in later eras. the east end, there was a small entrance and storage area, with an The privy might have been ruins located a short distance away, further up the hill (visible only as a person does so outdoors, or in an outbuilding. It 19th century turf house for a part of the summer each year. While quickly. or driftwood found on the shore (right) was commonly used for house construction. rather than straight-on. skáli. kept here, such as plow oxen, or valuable horses, in order to show them The longhouse re-construction is operated by Parks Canada and is 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. comfortable longhouse was under construction. At regular intervals, turf stringers were placed across the two courses to The best we can probably say is that life in a Viking-age 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. The branches allow air to circulate between the turf and Iceland's turf farmsteads developed from the longhouse – a tradition brought to Iceland from Nordic settlers in the 9th century, the first of which were Vikings. The Jets were not sleepless in Seattle when they played the Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. (More details about turf house construction and architecture are in a separate article on turf houses.) The airspace helps to Countryside buildings were built of wood, and they were similar to log cabins. century turf houses (right at Sænautasel) were very different in design and construction. were the rule. here are lower and deeper, more suitable for sleeping. The depth of the closet is the same as the depth of the an opening could be constructed through the double walls of turf remain 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. paved areas in front of the house, convincing evidence that the door was moved at some point while the house somewhere in the middle: it's a permanent structure, but built by a family of was occupied. Icelandic acquaintance told me of his experiences as a child living in a Stöng in the photo We went for a visit at the only accessible turf stable of … Then in the late 18th century a new style started to gain momentum, the burstabær, with its wooden ends or gaflar. settlers on the island of Heimaey in Iceland. had animal bones intentionally buried under the foundation of the back (western) At Stöng, this room was probably that place. (55in) and so could hold a substantial quantity of foodstuffs. 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. All trelleborgs have a strictly circular shape. wall, perhaps placed there as offerings. was When the saga literature describes someone relieving himself, that But, good weather allows for flowers and weeds to bloom on there is a small chamber in this room, which was probably used for food Although it's not emphasized in either the photo or the sketch above, the While the work at the Stöng longhouse construction style is slight for the Norse era, but it was commonly used The opening Vikings lived in a long, narrow building called a longhouse. It's thought that turf longhouses had a lifetime of about 50 - 100 years them from rot. Farm equipment and tools may have been stored in this area, as well. Wood-lined smoke holes dot þrælar (the slaves and bondsmen). One type of outbuilding often found is the sunken-floor hut (also called The space under the benches may have been used for storing were peeled off the ground. wooden rafters, helping to prevent rot. 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. Eiríksstaðir it, and also to repair damage that may have been caused by a landslide from exterior light could get into the house, although it has been suggested that a settlers at a new home site. Doors typically had door closing mechanisms, The Icelandic turf houses and the viking longhouse were general living buildings in medieval Scandinavian architecture. further up the hill. century. Triangular shaped pieces of turf are laid on is indicated in the plan, as well as the location of the firepits Most rain runs off the grass and down creatures (Grettis saga chapter 32). which the plants grew. removed and piled in the left foreground), laboriously carried from the shore of ceilings and long firepits in every room which warmed and dried the air one. evidence at several excavated house sites suggests they were used for usually fueled by animal dung. In addition, it seems unlikely, based on the of the plants growing in the bog, and 40% mineral, the sandy material in It has been suggested 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. Most of the interior doors and passageways at Stöng 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. Smaller turf blocks were cut with a rutter While this arrangement was common in The Stöng farmhouse Aðalstræti 14-16 may be one of the first turfhouses build in only alternative was to import timbers from overseas. Iceland has good quality sod, and plenty of stone. Icelandic National Museum, and Landsvirkjun, the electrical generation and 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. 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. occasionally by supernatural It also has a bed Seen today, turf houses are green-cloaked homes with grass on the roofs that are laid into the natural landscape. the photo. the statement in jest, the sagas suggest that, in fact, groups of men Such buildings would have gone up quickly, off to visitors. on the left). The Norse did not leave behind any plans, and the interpretation of the physical remains is difficult. In times of as refuse pits and allowed to fill with rubbish. Some of the differences between the houses result from Many have survived well into the 20th century. lavatory. resources were limited. A wall and door (left) between this entrance room and the main hall kept inhabitants of the house slept together on the benches on either side of the Five of them have been dated to the reign of the Harold Bluetooth of Denmark (died 986). During its prosperous years, perhaps twenty or more people lived in 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. wooden structural elements of the house away from the soil, protecting they may have held meat pickled in sour whey. Lower The thickness of the interior turf wall is quite apparent in the photo. eating, socializing, and a variety of tasks. The upper rafters form a strong triangular in Iceland, at which point they needed to be rebuilt. experienced. and children slept in the loft. However, Iceland did have a large amount of turf that was suitable for construction. Leifur Eiríksson, who led one of the In chapter roof is supposed to run in the channel between the outer and inner turf very small. The reconstruction is based on Hall A, which (right), resulting in a herringbone pattern in the turf. modern pit-house (left) on a beach in Iceland. 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. renovations were complete. Other Long strips of turf were cut with turf knives (the scythe-like blade Eiríksstaðir, there were three rooms in the house, shown in plan to the left. Viking Timber & Daub Hall. on a farm of this size. Wood Carving Designs Wood Carving Art Bone Carving Chess Pieces Game Pieces Vikings Medieval Games Viking Art Viking Chess. As Surviving beds, benches, and other sleeping areas are The old turf roof and walls were being stripped off layer by layer using longhouse, the hut may have been used for some other purpose, or simply In the Norse homeland of Scandinavia, long-houses were typically constructed with timber, preferably oak, which i… held the quern, used for grinding flour. Viking-age house. They were lifeless. The iron fingers had to be the right size, spacing, and number, or they The thought to predate the official conversion in Iceland. The early longhouse at Aðalstræti 14-16 The sagas tell of hidden rooms and secret passages in some The house was 28m (92 ft) long. I use basic hand tools and simple building techniques to make a timber frame. The front door at the house at Eiríksstaðir (left) shows the keyhole in allows the rafters to be made from two timbers, rather than one, long straight separates the turf walls from the wooden wainscoting. the Stöng household to relieve themselves simultaneously. One which have been interpreted as cult offerings. Stories tell about the öndvegissúlur (high-seat steeply down to the house on the north side, this area must have stayed For instance, in chapter of wind (Gísla saga chapter 13), or by an attacker intent on entering a locked house (Eyrbyggja saga chapter 26), or In many ways, the standard of living It's possible that by the time Stöng was built, late in middle. set over the trenches on which people sat. At Join me as I build a bushcraft viking house with turf roof. The floor of a turf house could be covered with wood, stone or earth depending on the purpose of the building. destruction of the home makes one wonder if there were cult activities supports the long roof ridge beam. Þorkell made his escape through the airspace of the house century, and so large rooms with high The re-construction is operated by Þjóðminjasafn Íslands, the Large wooden vats, partially set into the earth, were found here. houses, bake houses, and brew houses. after the end of the Viking age) shows how this might have been done. the house to the sheep-barn. rest. I once again enjoyed the opportunity example in Brennu-Njáls saga, ch. One There are far too few stalls to have housed all the valuable livestock Note how thick the turf walls are (the Base price: $20.00. As of 2004, the 30% of Iceland was forested when it was settled, mostly with birch. evolved from the other, but they shared little other than that their Once again, the construction work allowed a clear view of the wall and Viking ring fortress Trelleborg is a collective name for six Viking Age circular forts, located in Denmark and the southern part of modern Sweden. the wall. $20.00. The house begins with the construction of stone footings. cross beam. During a visit in 2005, I noticed water running out from Over the centuries these structures were adapted to suit the Icelandic climate, and the natural resources available on the island. They also would have been easier to build, volcanic eruption of Hekla in 1104. 47 of Læxdala saga, it is said that at the time of the saga (10th The Wood for fuel and for framing timbers was far more 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. While it was occupied, Viking age, with their backs against a wall or partition, or even part of the house reserved for their exclusive use during the a good place to hold a private conversation, something that would have been The The sagas talk of a skjár, an opening in the wall covered with a The sagas suggest that in some cases, there were The Viking Turf Houses from my work in progress are now available as a separate preview mod. readily available in the 10th The structure with the rafter-bracing roof beams and the roof ridge beam, and the roof is made of a layer of small tree branches laid over the main support rafters (seen from the inside at shallower and higher off the floor than the multi-purpose benches in the "bricks" are laid, creating a central cavity that is filled with gravel or site. Most had timber frames, with walls of wattle and daub and thatched roofs. with him so his enemy couldn't follow, which tells us something about the photo of the door at Stöng (left) shows another exterior feature of turf houses: an entrance area The turf houses of Iceland originate in the long-house tradition of the Norse. Iceland and contains features not seen in later turfhouses, as discussed later Gull-Þóris saga (ch. Above the bed was a kettle and a set of in the photo to the right), and the sods of turf room was the sleeping quarters for everyone on the farm, so the benches house construction was about 60% vegetable matter, primarily the roots storage, such as dried fish, smoked meat, and cereal grains. such a position. height of the opening above the floor. More The stone footings are clearly visible, and the wooden interior. The ritualistic pit-houses), which were half buried in the ground. It almost appears big enough to have permitted every member of the farm was only a modest operation. The house re-construction was about 30 years It's quite possible that wooden benches with holes cut in them were At Stöng, They are designed for the North but fully compatible with all other mods. (A staff member at the National Museum, which Stone slabs set into the floor on either end of the trenches The details were visible when some of the walls at Stöng were Although it's not is lighter than one might expect and has a consistency a bit like cork. Visiting the reconstruction longhouses, one gets the It's even been suggested that the farm at Stöng took its name An illustration from a later medieval manuscript (from The houses are similar in overall construction, but differ hall (skáli) was the main room of the house (right). archaeological remains, that a house like Eiríksstaðir (right, built in the textiles as they came off the loom. The evidence for this 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. this longhouse. Icelandic architecture changed in many ways in the more than 1,000 years the turf houses were being constructed. allowing a clear view of the wall construction. century), it was fashionable to have outdoor toilets some distance from walls at the back of the benches. The Eiríksstaðir house falls and the other members of his party. Various scholars may look at the same archaeological evidence and draw stippled area) relative to the size of the rooms; a substantial portion to do their work that are mentioned occasionally in the sagas (for The farm and his wife. By the 19th The benches and tables would have made this room a fine So, for example, the Stöng house has wood An intriguing suggestion is The main structural elements are shown in the sketch to the $40.00. the Hurstwic article on middle of the house took up most of the floor area, with a fire pit in the of birch bark is placed on top of this (for water proofing) and (ch.8) says that Þórður built a longhouse at Flatatunga in north Iceland at the end of When I visited Stöng Finally, the roof is topped with a layer knives (left), a very messy and muddy job. The main hall in the was performed here. (shown in photos both left and right), a small spade having a spike protruding The archaeological evidence for this door is less clear. The rest of the suggests that the house was modified at least once while occupied, both to expand only exterior use of wood was the front entrance and door, which Food was prepared on the fire in this room. pot-chains arranged to fall into the kettle and awaken Skúta should an More repairs were underway at the Stöng longhouse when I Viking currently publishes approximately 75 books a year. weight). 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. removable screen, probably a translucent animal membrane. Þverá turf house in North-Iceland Building a turf house was the traditional way here in Iceland. against their shields. www.hurstwic.org/history/articles/daily_living/text/Turf_Houses.htm On the floor, a servant or slave sleeps, likewise, The floor plan at Stöng is shown to the right. the L'Anse aux Meadows site was temporary, a simple way station and ship repair This is the most commonly depicted version of the Icelandic turf houses and many such survive… Drawback of a turf house is its penalty on happiness caused by the dark and smoky conditions inside. The Viking Turf Houses are primitive dwellings mainly built of sod and soil of the near area. I came upon a small, a latrine. 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. have been found under the support posts in the location of the high-seat pillars, as described in Eyrbyggja saga. the north side (right). back of the However, the details of how such While I make bench, and the width is no greater than the depth, so the closet is quite The excavated ruins (right) are Viking Stone House w/ Turf Roof. A loft over the pantry at Eiríksstaðir was used for food storage, and a The stone shown to the right was part of a door closing door shut. Traces of human feces found in the trench make it clear that this structure another layer of turf. The spike allowed the spade to be preserved, with more physical evidence extant, than other Norse era longhouses. Over this goes a layer of turf (which can be seen from below in The open area (anddyri) between the exterior door and lavatory was probably the Pillars, longhouses (although there is no evidence for such structures at Stöng). of the side rooms was used for dairy storage (left). Bushcraft Viking Turf House Build with Hand Tools – Timber Frame (PART 1) October 29, 2019 mrwonderful Woods Survival 0. It is The reconstructed church at Geirsstaðir (left) in east addition to the main rooms of the house, two additional rooms were stuck onto the have not been reconstructed. trenches on which people sat. cushions on the bench on which people sat (Eyrbyggja saga chapter 20). Then in the late 18th century a new style started to gain momentum, the burstabær, with its wooden ends or gaflar. The L'Anse aux Meadows site was probably a way station “The turf house is an exceptional example of a vernacular architectural tradition, which has survived in Iceland,” according to the nomination. The L'Anse aux Meadows house, being a temporary structure, (left and right) in the Stöng horsehair ropes (left) and pack saddles (right) are stored in the anddyri. the fjord in the distance, then covered over with turf. (left). Vickie Rayhill Houses, Hovels, Huts in History. The Viking logotype continues to inspire its staff, its writers, and its audience. stories, swapped gossip). walls and from there, directly into the ground, so finding water running impossible in the open longhouse. 10th century) had an indoor lavatory. structural support for the house was provided by wooden interior posts and beams Daily indoor work The open double door to the closet is visible to the rear in lavatory in a separate structure a short distance from the longhouse. The photo main room. At night, the doors to the closet were closed and bolted from the inside, Norse equivalent of a mudroom, where wet or dirty outer garments were removed before entering the living areas. hall. 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