Global Treasures GLAUMBAER Iceland
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Lush greenery surrounds the historic buildings of the remote farm settlement of Glaumbaer, deep in the north of Iceland.
Glaumbaer’s turf houses were built in the late 19th century but the origin of the farm dates back far longer. Many of its stone structures were built by the Vikings who lived in the region during the 11th century.
As was common in most of Iceland’s former farming communities, Glaumbaer contained several buildings that were located around a central building. The ‘badstofa’ served as a working, living and sleeping space and was also the location of the communal kitchen, one of the most popular places to be in the harsh cold of winter.
In addition to the important archaeological finds that have recently been made, the former ancient community of farmers and Vikings that once lived here no doubt still contains many a secret yet to be discovered.
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