Photographer's Note

In the Thjorsardalur valley, not far from Hjßlparfoss waterfall (see my previous picture), here is (take a breath) ... Ůjˇ­veldisbŠrinn farm. Just pronounce it like you write it ! English translation is a lot easier : Commonwealth farm. Nothing to deal with the British Commonwealth : Commonwealth was also the name of the icelandic State between the establishment of the Althing (icelandic parliament) in 930 and the pledge of fealty to the Norwegian king in 1262. This Commonwealth farm is actually the replica of icelandic settlement age dwelling. It was decided to reconstruct to celebrate the 1100 anniversary of the Settlement of Iceland in 1974. The farm is based on the ruins of a former farm which has been abandoned after it was destroyed by the nearby Hekla volcano eruption in 1104. The ruins were discovered in 1939 and were a perfect model to build the replica. The farm is made of a main building (whose you can see the entering on the picture) and a small chapel. The buildings are covered with turf, a good weatherproof and lagging material that was used yet in Iceland not long ago. The farm is opened to visit from early june to late august.

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