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The Icelandic Phallus museum in Húsavík

The Icelandic Phallus museum in Húsavík

Posted on June 27, 2009 by

Besides the astonishing landscapes, Iceland has also a museum that may be considered the one and only in the world: the Icelandic Phallus Museum of Húsavík. You’ve read well! It is a collection of phallus of mammals of the Icelandic territory and sea, and some others coming from other areas of the world. The goal […]

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Looking for the elves in Iceland

Looking for the elves in Iceland

Posted on June 7, 2009 by

For the people fond of elves and magical creatures, in Hafnarfjörður– the Hidden World agency organizes trips, that last approximately two hours, to look for the hidden people. Sibba, the guide, will walk with you along the roads of a elf village, where different walk- on appropriately dressed, will liven up the way. Legends and […]

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History and curios in Húsafell

Posted on June 1, 2009 by

The first testimony about this place is mentioned in the Eyrbyggja Saga and date the birth of Húsafell back to the 1170, since when there’s proof of the existence of the church. Many books tell instead that the construction of the house of the Rev. Snorri Björnsson dates 1757. In Húsafell you may visit the […]

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Áshús

Posted on March 22, 2009 by

It was built between 1883 and 1886 in Hegranes, in the Skagafjörður region. It is the perfect representation of the architecture of the Eighteenth century. The original project foresaw the creation of a school for girls, but it was never realized. Although this, the couple that built it believed in the value of education and […]

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Gilsstofa

Posted on March 21, 2009 by

Gilsstofa is a house that dates back to the 1849 and it is a kind of prototype of the future wooden houses, built around the beginning of the 20th century. It’s curious to know that this house followed the moving of its owners many times. It was originally built in Esphihóll, in the Eyjarfjörður area; […]

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The living room

Posted on March 20, 2009 by

The living room is the widest room of Glaumbær farm, and it is flanked by two rooms completely covered by wood: one was the room of the bookkeeper and his wife, and one was originally meant for not married girls and children, and was afterwards destined to the bookkeeper’s children. It has two big beds […]

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The “Gusa”

Posted on March 19, 2009 by

In the Glaumbær farm there was a very peculiar room: the Gusa, i.e. the spray. It was used as bedroom, study or living room. Its name comes from an old legend: it is told that an old prickly woman lived in this room, and when she was in a bad mood, she used to open […]

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The Kitchen and the storerooms

Posted on March 18, 2009 by

Along the corridor of the Glaumbær farm there’s the kitchen, built on 1750 and only recently used as laundry. In the kitchen, the inhabitants of the house used to smoke food using peat or excrements. This because there’s no tree on the island, therefore wood was rare and taken only from trunks that sea currents […]

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The guest rooms of Glaumbær

Posted on March 17, 2009 by

The two rooms by the entrance of the Glaumbær farm are reserved for guests and are internally covered of wood. In the one on the left, there are many pictures that reproduce the old officers of this area and their families: they are represented in serious – almost grim portraits. This look may be explained […]

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The Glaumbær museum

Posted on March 16, 2009 by

In Glaumbær there’s still an old farm, inhabited until 1930, and then donated to the government, that in 1952 has become the Museum of Popular Culture. The farm is still on the same spot that hosted it for centuries, on the North West of Iceland. The blocks that compose it were built in different periods: […]

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