Turf farmhouse


The reconstructed turf farmhouse Sænautasel , dating from 1843, really brings the past to life…plus it sells pancakes and coffee. This is one of several old farms on Jökuldalsheiði that were originally abandoned when Askja erupted in 1875. The building is beside the lake Sænautavatn, 32km west of Hofteigur and 4km south of the Ring Road via Rte 907. This area was a source of inspiration for Halldór Laxness’ master work, Independent People; you may notice that many of the farm names here match those of the fictional farms in the book.”

Lonely planet’s web, May 2016

A visit to Sænautasel turf house is included in our tailor made six and eight day winter tours.