Fascinating 1-Hour History Tour of Keldur Turf Farm

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Keldur Turf House, Hella, Iceland
1 hour
English, Icelandic
All year
Minimum age


Discover the magical world of Iceland's past on this remarkable tour of a traditional turf house in South Iceland. Travelers who want to learn more about Icelandic turf houses' ancient traditions and architectural wonders with an interactive excursion will love this one-hour historical experience.

Begin your adventure by going to Keldur Turf Farm, a hidden gem between the charming villages of Hella and Hvolsvollur in South Iceland. From June 1 to August 31, the farm is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00, inviting you to step back into a historic era. Your tour will start at 11:00 or 15:00, depending on your preference.

When you arrive, you'll meet the expert local guide leading you on the tour. Get ready for a fascinating hour of history, offering insights into Iceland's past as you consider what it was like to live in a turf house. You can ask your local expert questions about the country and area as you explore.

You'll walk through the farm and marvel at the extraordinary turf houses, which have stood the test of time as one of South Iceland's largest and oldest preserved architectural treasures. The main hall, a charming white cottage, boasts a wooden frame reminiscent of Roman style. 

Wander through the interconnected smaller rooms, where echoes of the past still linger. Discover the details that make each space unique, from the carved wooden beams to the hearths that once warmed the inhabitants during long, icy winters.

A highlight of the tour is the ancient underpass, a tunnel believed to date back to the 11th century. It's thought that this tunnel, which leads from the farm to a nearby creek, was an escape passage in a time of war. 

As you explore, you can also take in the breathtaking views of the Hekla volcano, an iconic sight in the local area and one of Iceland's most active volcanoes. Gaze upon its majestic presence and enjoy a photo opportunity as you listen to the guide.

You'll also learn about the profound influence of Hekla's volcanic activity on the region. Its lava rocks were used in constructing the foundations of Keldur Turf Farm. Driftwood, carried by the waves, also played a crucial role in shaping the farmstead's unique character.

Take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to journey into Iceland's past and witness the living history of Keldur Turf Farm. Experience this remarkable site's interesting stories, architectural marvels, and breathtaking beauty.

Book your tour today and be transported to a world of wonder and discovery. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Expert, English-speaking guide
Entrance to the Keldur Turf Farm site


Cultural Activity

What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing
Sturdy outdoor shoes
Fully charged camera
Reusable water bottle

Good to know

While you are encouraged to book a tour at either 11:00 or 15:00, if your plans happen to change, feel free to visit Keldur during its opening hours from 10:00 to 17:00. The knowledgeable guide will gladly provide you with a tour of the Turf Farm as soon as they are available. Although you may need to wait for a little while, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy the stunning surroundings.

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