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Bustarfell is an ancient chiefdom and one of the largest farms in Vopnafjörður, Iceland. The farm has been in continuous possession of the same family since 1532. Bustarfell is a notable example of traditional Icelandic architecture and rural heritage. The turf houses, characteristic of Icelandic rural architecture, were built using local materials and designed to withstand Iceland's harsh climate. Bustarfell is considered one of the most beautiful and best-preserved turf farms in Iceland. The front living room dates from 1851–52, while the central living room and the boys' room date from 1877. The farm was inhabited until 1966.

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The roads leading to this location are good asphalt roads with easy access to the location. During the winter months, it would be wise to check the weather forecast, as this region has lots of snow that tends to stay.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Good phone coverage
Generally good phone coverage without any major interruptions
Guide required
Not allowed to visit without a guide

Services nearby

The nearest hospital is in Norðfjörður, 188 km away. The village of Vopnafjörður is only 26 km away, with most of the services you might need, such as hotels, restaurants, and gas stations.
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
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< 30 km
< 30 km


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Bustarfell has been under the care of the National Museum of Iceland (Þjóðminjasafnið) since 1943.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit
You need a two-way permit, depending on where you film.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit

Basecamp and facilities

There is a small parking lot outside the museum, but within a 500-metre radius are well-managed fields that could be used as big basecamps. There is also a modern farm just beside the old houses. There is a small café on site as well with basic facilities. Phone coverage is average here.

Risk factors

The roads to Vopnafjörður area are good asphalt roads but can be treacherous during the winter months.


This location is fairly popular with visitors who come to see the museum and dine on traditional “kleina” and Icelandic waffles. The museum is open from 1st of June to 20th of September from 10:00 – 17:00. The family that manages the museum lives on site.

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