Iceland`s Turf Houses Merge Beautifully With Nature

This architectural tradition was brought to Europe by the Vikings more than a thousand years ago.

Turf has been used as an architectural material for thousands of years by cultures across Europe and the Arctic since the Neolithic period.

In Iceland, these green-cloaked dwellings melt into the natural landscape, a technique that first appeared with the arrival of Norse and British settlers during the 9th through 11th centuries at the height of the Viking Age in Europe. Unlike their previous maritime, subarctic environment, timber was sparse and slow to regenerate. Turf—durable, renewable, and widely available—became their primary shelter...

RSK: A little history lesson on Turf Housing....maybe we should bring it back?

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