Iceland // Mývatn and the northeast //


  • June–Aug 10am–6pm
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Northwest of Mývatn, around halfway to Húsavík off Route 87, Grenjaðarstaður is a nineteenth-century church and block of turf-roofed farmhouses – well insulated from the icy prevailing winds – sitting exposed in a broad valley. The estate was founded in medieval times (a contemporary altar cloth from the original church is now in the Paris Louvre) when it counted as one of the best holdings in all Iceland, and now comprises the largest collection of period buildings in the country. Most of the rooms are kept as they were when last lived in, full of household items and farming implements from days gone by, though one building has been taken back to its original state, with beaten earth floors and central stone fireplace and kitchen.