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Today was one of my favorite days because I got to see how Icelanders lived almost 300 years ago. We visited a sod house farm called Glaumbaer¬†that was built between the 1750’s and 1850’s and remained in use until the early 1900’s.

Link to Glaumbaer

Did you know that everyone who worked at the farm lived in one long sod covered room called a baostofa? The room was not heated and the winters were so cold that they would work right on their beds. The meals were cooked in another room connected by a sod tunnel. Can you imagine spending up to 6 months of the year in a dark room with the same 20 people?

Each person had their own bed where they slept, ate, and stored their tools.  On the self above the bed, the farmers would store their personal askur (wooden bowl). Each person would be in charge of one type of work. Women got to have the beds near the windows because their job was to spin wool and sew. Men would comb the wool and make rope out of horse hair. Some would carve new tools or furniture, and some would repair old farm equipment. The men would go outside to care for the animals and bring in fuel for the fire. The women spent their days caring for the children and preparing food.

During the long winter days, they would take turns reading poetry and sharing stories which were called sagas. These sagas are like our fables and fairy tales. Some were true and others were just exciting stories. Iceland is famous for these long heroic tales. At bedtime, the folk, still wearing their daytime warm clothing would snuggle under wool blankets and warm comforters stuffed with feathers. To keep the warm covers on the bed they used a wood board called a rumfjol to tuck in the covers. This board would be removed during the day. The nightly prayer was carved into the board so that they would never forget to ask God for his blessing. I really liked the prayer, “Watch over me with your eternal blessing. May God’s angels sit in a circle above my covers.”








After we left the farm we traveled Southwest along Route 1 towards Borganes. We stopped at Varmahlio for a yummy lunch.



After lunch we got to see another amazing gorge and waterfall. This gorge was called Koluglijufur. There were no rails so we had to be very careful when we were taking pictures.

Next we got to stop at a small town called Bru for a snack. Here is where I got to try the Icelandic donuts called a love ball. It was made of sweet dough and raisins. I heard that Mrs. Cassette made them for her class. I wonder how the class liked them? I know I loved them.

Next I got to walk around the top of an old volcanic crater! It was amazing to see the view from the top.

Finally we reached our hotel in Borgarnes.

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