The farm of Sænautasel dates back to the year 1843. The building was farmed until 1943, except for the years 1875-1880. That was when Askja volcano had erupted and following the ashes that fell down from the sky after the eruption, made the site impossible to live in. 

Now rebuilt, the interior and exterior of the turf buildings are on show to visitors, with guided tours that helps reveal the conditions of earlier Icelandic generations.

Many say this farm served as a model for Independent People, the most popular novel of Iceland's only Nobel Prize winner, Halldór Laxness.