Iceland Structures

The last of the Iceland series.

Iceland day structure- in the summer there are only a few hours of darkness. Of course, this means that during the winter there are only a few hours of sunlight.

Reykjavik Harbor, 9:30 pm!

Iceland Topography: While Iceland is a rather big island, most of the human population is lined up around the coast. There is no road that goes through the island, but there is a ring road that goes around the entire island. The glaciers, mountains, earthquake fissure lines, and trolls are in the central part of the island.

Iceland Architecture : In the olden times, people lived in turf houses. These were homes where the foundation consisted of rocks, and then earth would be piled on top to create a house.

Reconstructed traditional turf house- not too many windows

While this might seem quaint, haven’t you read “Little House by the River”? The mom  constantly complained about her turf house, she wanted a ‘real’ plank house. Imagine trying to clean the dirt house. Ponder the kinds of visitors you might find tunneling into your earthen abode. Also, these turf houses do not stand up too long to the elements. Most of the structures in Iceland only date back to the 19th century, even though the island was colonized in the late 800s.

Nowadays, homes are built of reinforced concrete or aluminum siding.IMG_0522 Nothing too tall, this country is prone to earthquakes. Also, nothing of brick- brick NOT good in an earthquake situation.

Remember, there are no forests in Iceland, all wood must be imported or found along the beach as driftwood. If you are building for harsh conditions and you have to import the materials anyway, may as well go with concrete and aluminum. IMG_0519


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