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This is an old farmhouse, representing the rural building traditions from 16-1700s: A two storeys solid log construction with a cellar and sod roof – in Norwegian “torvtak”. The sod or turf roof is a Scandinavian and Finnish invention and was used with log house construction, but also dating back to the Vikings with their stone houses more than a thousand yeas ago.

The sod is also an efficient insulator in a cold climate, and the birch bark underneath ensures that the roof will be waterproof. However the main advantage with this kind of roofing was the low cost: The turf was everywhere for free, and labour costs were cheap those days…

This is a quite small house for a family, indicating the owners were poor and probably made a living by working for a larger farm in the area. No one has been living in this house for ages, but the construction is durable and will stand for years, in particular if it is built in pine timber.

And I would not be surprised if the last resident migrated to USA or Canada, maybe in the late 1800s when the migration rate was very high, resulting in that today there are more people of Norwegian origin in North America than it is in Norway.

The small house seen in the background is for storage of hay for the cattle during winter, the name in Norwegian is “løe”. People living in places like this usually kept a small livestock to provide food for the family, as they were keeping a couple of cows, a pig and a few sheep over the winter.

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Additional Photos by Pablo Minto (pablominto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9892 W: 315 N: 14432] (53746)
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