Icelandic Turf House
In the difficult Icelandic climate, with cold winters, earthquakes, volcanoes and storms, the burstabær or turf houses provide insulation and protection. The living grass roof warms quickly under the sun, and creates its' own heat and protection from the wind. The stone basement of the building provides a stable anchor during earthquakes. Inside, the family are safe and secure.
In the distance, the iconic Icelandic mountain ranges glow blue with the summer sun. The cloudy sky is a subtle reminder of the quickly changing weather in this magical part of the world.