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Stekkjarkot

A classic example of the roughly built turf, stone and timber fishermans cottage, once common on the Reykjanes peninsula and other coastal areas
of Iceland, Stekkjarkot was opened to the public in 1993 by Iceland's president Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, following a year of restorations. Stekkjarkot
provides a telling insight into how cottages of this type looked like. Its history as a domestic dwelling is patchy, it was first built during the years
1855-1857 and occcupied for 30 years later when it was abandoned.In 1917 it was refurbished but by 1924 it had been abandoned once again and this time for good. The older part of the cottage, with its open hearth, dates back to the 19th century, the newer part dates from the farms last days
of habitation, by which time floorboards covered the living room and kitchen, a coal-fired stove provided both cooking facilities and heat, and conditions for those who lived there do not seem to have been too bad.

Free admission. Open 13:00 -17:00 in summertime on request in wintertime.

Stekkjarkot
GPS Points N63° 58' 22.976" W22° 31' 47.312"
Postal code

260

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Visitors to Iceland who arrive via Keflavik International Airport on the Reykjanes Peninsula may be somewhat surprised by the landscape that greets their eyes as they touch down in Iceland for the very first time. A seemingly endless, green-grey moss-topped lava field blankets the peninsula for as far as the eye can see, and it is this strange and rather other-worldly sight that is your first glimpse of the land of fire and ice. 

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