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Number of Turf Houses in Iceland to Decrease?

By Iceland Review

It is too difficult to maintain the over 20 turf houses owned by the National Museum of Iceland, said turf master Helgi Sigurdsson, and therefore he has suggested that their number be dropped so the remaining turf houses can be maintained properly.

An Icelandic turf farm. Bustarfell by Vopnafjördur. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“We are in constant defense,” Sigurdsson told Morgunbladid, “Not enough funds are attributed to maintenance. The situation has reached the point where I have problems with saying what should be done next when I’m asked. It’s difficult to choose one house above another when something needs to be done in all of the houses.”

Sigurdsson believes Icelanders must now face the difficult situation of decreasing the number of turf houses that are under the National Museum’s protection and choose which houses should be maintained properly.

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