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LARGE TURF HOUSES

This book showcases Icelandĺs large turf houses: ┴rbŠr in ReykjavÝk, GlaumbŠr in Skagafj÷r­ur, Laufßs in Eyjafj÷r­ur, Grenja­arsta­ur in A­aldalur, Ůverß in Laxßrdalur, Bustarfell in Vopnafj÷r­ur and Keldur in Rangßrvellir. We also take a look at the composite farmhouse at the Skˇgar Heritage Museum.

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18TH CENTURY STONE BUILDINGS

Eight fine stone buildings were constructed by the government in 1753-77: four residences for officials, and four churches. Designed by Denmarkĺs leading court architects, they combine simplicity with elegance. Those are Vi­ey House, Hˇlar Cathedral, Nes House, Bessasta­ir House, the former jail in ReykjavÝk, now Government House, and finally three churches: on Vi­ey island, the Westman Islands and at Bessasta­ir in 1777.

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TURF CHURCHES

Today only five turf churches remain standing in Iceland, more or less in their original form: VÝ­imřri Church and Gr÷f Church in Skagafj÷r­ur, SaurbŠr Church in Eyjafj÷r­ur, Hof Church in ÍrŠfi and N˙pssta­ur Chapel. A sixth church, at the ┴rbŠr Museum in ReykjavÝk, was constructed from the timbers of an old church at Silfrasta­ir in Skagafj÷r­ur.

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WRITERSĹ HOMES

In this volume we visit the former homes of some of Icelandĺs literary giants, and museums that commemorate them, from the medieval geothermal pool of Snorri Sturluson at Reykholt to the swimming pool at Glj˙frasteinn, home of Nobel prizewinner Halldˇr Laxness. In the north we visit the birthplace of Jˇnas HallgrÝmsson, and in Akureyri the homes of three writers: Jˇn Sveinsson, DavÝ­ Stefßnsson and MatthÝas Jochumsson. Gunnar GunnarssonĹs home at Skri­uklaustur is unique and impressive, and at Hali in the south we learn about ١rbergur ١r­arson.

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Bj÷rn G. Bj÷rnsson - exhibition designer - Engjaseli 41 - 109 ReykjavÝk - gsm 892 8441 - url: www.leikmynd.is - email: leikmynd@leikmynd.is