Explore Northwest Iceland
- June to early Sept daily 9am–6pm
- w glaumbaer.is
- Buses between Varmahlíð and Sauðárkrókur stop outside Glaumbær
About 14km from Varmahlíð up Route 75 is the immaculately preserved historical farm, Glaumbær. Though founded in Settlement times, Glaumbær’s current row of wood-fronted turf-walled and turf-roofed dwellings date from 1750 to 1879, and were inhabited up until 1947. With their lop-sided, hobbit-like construction (such as wooden-frame windows set into the grassy walls), the buildings are both charmingly rustic and a powerful reminder of the impoverished lifestyle many people led in Iceland during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Adjacent to the cottages, a timber building houses the Skagafjörður folk museum, with a collection of rustic implements once used on the farm, from spinning wheels to brightly painted clothes chests. Not only does the farm demonstrate centuries-old Icelandic building techniques, it’s also where Snorri Þorfinsson, the first American born of European parents (in 1003), is buried; Snorri came to Iceland with his parents and lived out his life on the farm here. A simple statue of Snorri and his mother, Gúðríður Þorbjarnardóttir, by sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson stands in the graveyard next to the church.