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Sauðaneshús
Tuesday, 07 September 2021 00:00

Sauðaneshús on the Langanes peninsula is an old vicarage, located 7 kilometers north of Þórshöfn.

The vicarage at Sauðanes, Sauðaneshús, is the oldest stone house in Þingeyjarsýslur. It was built in 1879 from gray basalt which originated far from the area. The basalt was moved to Sauðanes and hewn there. Masonry houses of this type are very rare in Iceland and Sauðaneshús is therefore almost unique in a national sense. Sauðaneshús was abandoned around 1957 and stood cold and empty for almost 40 years. Around 1990, it was decided to rebuild the house. It was a huge undertaking, since the house was crumbling down and needed to be almost completely rebuilt. During the reconstruction, which took 11 years, what was still whole from the original house was used and an emphasis was put on rebuilding the house as close to the original version as possible.

Today, Sauðaneshús houses the exhibition “Að sækja björg í björg”. The first part of the exhibition opened in the summer of 2020 and the second part in the summer of 2021. The exhibition showcases how life was in Langanes during the time that Sauðaneshús was inhabited and how the vicarage was essentially the center of the community in the area. A lot of noteworthy people are connected to Sauðaneshús and the exhibition offers information about some of them, as well as educating visitors about a variety of occupations, like the position as the pastor’s wife and the status of workers.

Langanes is rich in natural resources like driftwood and has a diverse birdlife. The exhibition shows how people utilized the resources from their nearby surroundings in order to survive. Nature is an intrinsic part of life in Langanes and it is therefore kept in the forefront of the exhibition, with an emphasis on the birdlife in the area.

Sauðaneshús belongs to the National Museum’s Historic Building Collection but it is run by the District Culture Center and is open for visitors during the summer.

 
 
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