The farm of Saenautasel 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 houses 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, Halldor Laxness.
Is Saenautasel open all year round?
No, the turf house is only open to visitors during summer time.
How to get to Saenautasel?
The farm is located quite remotely in the highlands of East Iceland by road no. 907 – only a 12 km detour from the main road.
GPS: 65.26261 N, -15.516326 W