8 places to see turf-roofed houses

8 places to see turf-roofed houses

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MikladalurDo they have turf houses in the Faroe Islands? Where are the best places to experience grass roofs? Are turf-roofs common in the Faroe Islands?

In one of the world's greenest islands, being green is not a choice. There are more grass-roofed houses in the Faroe Islands than any other place in the world. Whether you are visiting the Faroe Islands in the summer or winter, the turf-roofed houses are always fascinating. During summer, they are green, and in winter, the colours on these roofs are yellowish.

The turf-roofed style is the perfect match to the Faroe Islands weather. Here is a guide to 8 places where you can see turf houses in the Faroe Islands.

1. Á Reyni

8 places to see turf-roofed houses

This is the oldest part of Tórshavn with small houses; most of them inhabited and covered with turf-roof. Á Reyni is absolutely among the most charming places on earth.

Even though you are in a capital, when walking Á Reyni, it is as if you are travelling hundreds of years back in time. All the grass on roofs here definitely adds to the feeling of going back in time. 

2. Tinganes

8 places to see turf-roofed houses

Close up to the Á Reyni district you will find the political stamping ground in the Faroe Islands. The Prime Minister’s office is situated in Tinganes, and other ministries are also settled in this peninsula.

Most office houses with leading administration are covered in turf-roof. These bred buildings look great with their green grass.

3. Bøur

8 places to see turf-roofed houses

When you are heading towards Gásadalur and the famous waterfall Múlafossur, you can stop by, Bøur, the last village before entering the tunnel leading to Gásadalur. In Bøur, there are charming houses on every corner and many of them are turf-roofed.

In a new part of the village, you can stay at Útsýnið. This is a stunning place to accommodate yourself with a fabulous view. The houses are built in an old-fashioned way with turf-roof. From the living room of these houses, you are overlooking Tindhólmur and the famous Drangarnir.

4. Leitisvatn

8 places to see turf-roofed houses

You probably want to see the outstanding Trælanípan when you are in the Faroe Islands. Whether you come by car, bicycle or bus, you will park by the lake.

And here you will also see several turf-roofed houses along the lake. During winter there are lightbulbs all along the houses. This is a perfect opportunity for a great winter picture.

5. Hotel Føroyar
8 places to see turf-roofed houses

Have you ever seen a turf-roofed hotel? This popular Tórshavn hotel overlooking the capital  has a fantastic roof all covered in grass. Enjoy the view from the hotel and this unusual four stared building in the capital.

Weather can be harsh here during winter. But turf-roofed houses are made for rough weather, really.

6. Kirkjubøur

8 places to see turf-roofed houses

You will find the oldest house in the Faroe Islands in Kirkjubøur. It is a traditional Viking farmhouse with a roof covered in grass. The density of turf-roofed houses is highest in Kirkjubøur as almost all houses are turf-roofed.

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While you are in Kirkjubøur, you can look inside the old living room in the farmhouse. Everything looks like it did 800 years ago.

7. Saksun

8 places to see turf-roofed houses

Enjoy an outstanding view from Dúvugarðar. These turf-roofed houses in Saksun are called Dúvugarðar and are truly something special. Dúvugarðar translates directly to the Doves Garden.

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You will see the iconic church overlooking the round bay from this viewpoint. The church in Saksun is also turf-roofed and is planted alone in outstanding surroundings.

8. Heima í Havn

8 places to see turf-roofed houses

This is an area famous for its many good restaurants. Heima í Havn is just a short walk from Á Reyni. These cosy houses – most of them painted black – are full of life every evening as guests all over the word want to try the outstanding courses served in restaurants such as Ræst, Barbara Fish house and Áarstova.

You can also enjoy a beer at the local Mikkeler bar in Tórshavn. All these places are turf-roofed.