I love these old turf houses, they are so typical Icelandic in my opinion. My grandmother was born in a turf house, so it is not so long ago that turf houses were inhabited here in Iceland. Times have changed, for sure.
Up to 20-30 people were living here at Laufás, including domestics. The furnishing inside is from ca 1900 and shows how Icelanders were living at that time.
Laufás was mentioned in the records from the Settlement of Iceland way back in 874-930. It was rebuilt when Rev. Björn Halldórsson resided at Laufás in 1853-1882.
Laufás was a wealthy farm by Icelandic standards. The last minister lived at Laufás until 1936 when he moved into a newer vicarage.
When I last visited Laufás a tourist had stopped his car in the middle of the road above Laufás, and ran out and took photos left and right. What he didn't know was that if he had driven just a a short distance ahead there he would find a parking lot and the entrance to Laufás.
I guess he was just so excited about seeing such old turf houses from the road :)
There has been a church at Laufás since early Christianity in Iceland. The present church at Laufás was built in 1865 and was dedicated to the Apostle Paul in Catholicism.
In the church you will see a very decorative pulpit from 1698. And I love the christening font, it was all lit up in the sunlight when I visited the church, ever so lovely.
The church is open and you can go inside and have a look around.
Laufás is open in the summer months from 9am-9pm.
Laufás is close to the village Grenivík on road 83, 30 km away from Akureyri. Coming from Akureyri get off ring-road 1 before you drive up on the mountain to Víkurskarð. Laufás is located at 65° 53,639'N, 18° 4,344'W. To reach this area you can rent a car either in Reykjavík or in Akureyri.
This is my last blog in the Eyjafjörður series of blog. It is by all means not a complete guide to Eyjafjörður, only a few places I find very interesting to visit in this longest fjord of Iceland.