Photographer's Note

At Glaumbær, there are two 19th-century timber houses, Áshús and Gilsstofa. These are good examples of the first timber houses built in the region.
The yellow building is Áshús, the gray one is the Gilsstofa. In Gilsstofa are offices, information centre and souvenir shop.

Buildings of this kind were constructed in many places adjacent to turf farmhouses; they were the precursors to the wooden houses that were built in the years leading up to 1900. Gilsstofa has an interesting history, as it was repeatedly moved from place to place in the years from 1862 to 1891.

The house was built at Espihóll in Eyjafjördur as a reception room and residence. In 1862 its owner became district administrator of Skagafjördur, so he took the house with him. In those days, timber for construction was transported over ice, pulled by horses. The first leg of the house's journey was over the ice from Espihóll to Akureyri, where the timber was loaded onto a ship which transported it to Skagafjördur. From there the timber was then towed to Hjaltastadir, where the regional administrator lived until 1872. The house was dismantled once more, and the timber was dragged over the frozen waters of Héradsvötn to Reynistadur, where the it remained until 1884. From 1873 to 1892, the building housed the Skagafjördur regional administration, and was also used as a location for social gatherings. It served as a theatre for the first local drama productions, and a variety of entertainments were held there.
In 1884, a new regional administrator took over. He lived at Gil, not far from Reynistadur; the house was moved there, where it remained until 1891, when it was transferred to Saudárkrókur. In its sixth incarnation, it was assigned a new function. It was now known as Gilsstofa (the house from Gil). In 1985 it was taken on yet another journey by road to a farm, finishing up almost where it began its tour of Skagafjördur in the mid-19th century. Gilsstofa was reconstructed at the Glaumbær museum in 1996-7.


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