Amazing Viking Turf House Tour – Stunning Green Building!

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In this video we’re excited to share the re-created 1000-year-old Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada. We visited the site last fall and had we really enjoyed learning more about the settlement, but also about the traditional construction techniques they used for the turf dwellings and workshops.

The turf houses are built with timber frames that are load bearing, and walls that are built with peat bricks that have been cut and dried from a nearby bog. Each wall actually has two layers of the bricks, with layer of gravel sandwiched in the middle to help drain any moisture before it infiltrates to the interior of the structure.

It’s incredible that the Vikings were able to build such beautiful and functional structures with limited building materials, and in such a harsh environment.

Another thing that we found really neat that didn’t have anything to do with the structures was the fact that the bog not only provided peat for building, but bog iron they could use to create nails and other hardware they needed to repair their ships.

If you’re interested, here’s a link to our longer, more in-depth video about an Icelandic turf house:

And here’s a link where you can learn more about the L’Anse aux Meadows historic Viking settlement in Newfoundland:

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle


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23 comments for “Amazing Viking Turf House Tour – Stunning Green Building!

  1. Exploring Alternatives
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Hey Everyone! Thanks for watching 🙂

    If you want to learn more about turf houses, check out this video we made in Iceland:

  2. anthony perkins
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    this is AWESOME. love the way people use to live back in the days

  3. Christoffer Nelson
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    I hope you guys got to go just a few kms further North up the island – it's about the most beautiful and magical place I've ever been. I found these turf houses to be quite spooky, but the whole park and area is so incredibly peaceful. Time stops at L'Anse Aux.

  4. D
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    love it. keep going and showing these beautiful, organic, primitive, social dwellings.

  5. KickMySack89
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    I blew my load in that chicks face last weekend.

  6. garry wharton
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    so much great reference material for my art. thank you

  7. Michael Riedel
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    God is Good

  8. Jenox
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    I'd love to live in a house like this like a summer house! Only with more modern ways of building

  9. Arun Seigell
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Amazed at the inventive double walled houses.So the vikings didnt just use their swords &dicks

  10. Jeremy Knop
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Two questions I have is of those that have a dugout construction as in when you step through the door to go inside the ground floor drops a few feet, how do they keep that from flooding during heavy rain? And also as far as the roof vent for the fire smoke to escape from when it's raining do they have some sort of hatch or cover to keep the water from coming through the vents and getting the inside of the house wet and muddy?

  11. Dan Morris
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you for the brief. Safe travels, guys.

  12. vikingø celtå
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    genial. Muchas gracias por mostrar tan fabulosas casas nórdicas. Saludos desde Uruguay. Vikingø Celtå

  13. RunFromHumanContacts
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    People are trying to make earthbag and cob houses breathable yet wateeproof. Wouldnf doing thebthick walls with gravel in the middle do that?

  14. Tom Pinion
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    The layered wall design to block moisture and provide insulation is genius. I wonder how long it took them to figure it out? We’ll probably never know.

  15. Paul Daniel
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    us vikings are very smart we take what we have and build what we need

  16. Ms Mccoy
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Wonder if the schools are still teaching the kids that Columbus discovered North America ? Wonder how many American's know about this site in Newfoundland ?
    Wonder how many American's know where Newfoundland is or what it is ?
    Wonder why I am saying this ?
    Anyhow cool house thanks for uploading and explaining the construction

  17. rodney adams
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    my friend steve house look like this i wonder if he viking ?

  18. Craig
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Looks like home, especially with a fine lady like the narrator.

  19. BNandakumar
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    My cousin's house burnt down so we built a long house on his land for him to live in

  20. Samantha Heart-Gaming
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    This reminds me of some of the homes the homeless make and live in

    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Young lady, get rid of the uptalk and the vocal fry…

  22. Fred Juniours
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    How did Vikings were able to sail on boats across the Atlantic to the shores of Canada? This could be only possible with more sophisticated ships from Columbus era. The Natives/Aboriginals were indeed first to settle in North America.

  23. Lars A
    December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    I have seen the green houses and church in Iceland, but I have never thought a viking house like you have shown exist. But isn't the real name long house?

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