Erik the Red’s Icelandic Home

IMG_1037-1Who hasn’t heard of the famous Viking, Erik the Red, right? So you can imagine it was a special moment when, during a visit to Iceland in 2011, I got to visit the site of his actual home, in the north-west part of the country.

In truth, all that’s left of Erik’s farm, Eiríksstaðir in Haukadal, is a an outline of his house in the turf of the hillside.

The outline of Erik the Red's house is still visible in the turf on a hillside above Haukadal, north-west Iceland

The outline of Erik the Red’s house is still visible in the turf on a hillside above Haukadal, north-west Iceland

But close by is an impressive reconstruction of the infamous Viking’s home, made from earth sods.

The reconstruction of Erik the Red's House, made from earth sods

The reconstruction of Erik the Red’s House, made from earth sods

On the hillside above the remains of Erik the Red's house (on the left side of the photo) and its reconstruction (in the distance). Incidentally, this photo was taken from the location of my most northerly geocache find to date.

On the hillside above the remains of Erik the Red’s house (on the left side of the photo) and its reconstruction (in the distance). Incidentally, this photo was taken from the location of my most northerly geocache find to date.

Erik's son, Leif, who 'discovered' North America half a century before Columbus

Erik’s son, Leif, who ‘discovered’ North America half a century before Columbus

This post was inspired by the theme Earth/Harvest from Cee of Cee’s Photography) and Red (from Sue of A Word in Your Ear)

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10 Responses to Erik the Red’s Icelandic Home

  1. Thanks for this reminder of spectacular Iceland. We flew in watching a documentary on Sigur Ros playing an outdoor concert there – so perfect.

  2. Cee Neuner says:

    Great out of the box thinking for this week’s challenge. I really like your entry! 🙂

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  5. Cee Neuner says:

    Congratulations! I have chosen your post to be featured on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.
    http://ceenphotography.com/2014/08/05/cees-fun-foto-challenge-metal-or-the-season-of-autumn/

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