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Students in Egilsstadir Construct Turf House

By Iceland Review

Thirteen 8th grade (13-year-olds) students from the Egilsstadir elementary school recently built a traditional Icelandic turf house. The project is one of many which students can participate in during the final days of the school year.

An Icelandic turf farm. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“I think most of the students enjoy the work,” said one of the turf farm constructors, Karen Björnsdóttir. They had to do most of the work themselves, erect the poles, pile the turf and paint the panels. The house is located outside the local museum, visir.is reports.

The work began last week and was expected to take a few days. Before the construction work began, the students went on a fieldtrip to the turf farm Galtastadir and used it to model their house on.

The students were divided into two groups, one of which was responsible for the construction while the other took care of promoting the project.

It is sponsored by the Children’s Culture Fund, in cooperation with the Egilsstadir elementary school, East Iceland Heritage Museum, the National Museum of Iceland and the Fljótsdalshérad municipality.

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