Keldur, Iceland oldest house - Hotel Rangá

Keldur, Iceland oldest house

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North of the villages of Hella and Hvolsvöllur is the ancient farm of Keldur. The farm is mentioned in several of the Icelandic Sagas written in the 13th century, including Njál’s Saga. Keldur is one of only few preserved turf houses in South Iceland and the oldest one of this kind in Iceland. It is located by a natural spa at the edge of a lava field – where water just seemingly incredibly from no-where seeps through the rock formations creating a brook. The current church is an ironclad timber church that was built in 1875 and it holds numerous items of historical interest. 

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Keldur farm is a historical place and a church site in South of Iceland, it houses one of few turf houses left in the country. One of the characters in Njál´s saga, Ingjaldur Höskuldsson, lived at Keldur. 

The oldest building (remaining structure) is found at Keldur farmhouse in South of Iceland that dates back to the 11th-13th century, the time of the Vikings. 

Keldur is located in South of Iceland, slightly north of the towns Hella and Hvolsvöllur.  

Distances to Keldur, Iceland's oldest house

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It takes approximately 15 min to drive from Hotel Rangá to Keldur farm.

It takes approximately1 hr. 30 min to drive from Reykjavík to Keldur farm. 

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