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Abandoned farmhouse Dagverðará in Snæfellsjökull

Abandoned farmhouse Dagverðará in Snæfellsjökull

Iceland's abandoned farms

In the westernmost corner of Iceland's Snæfellsnes peninsula, at the foot of the Snæfellsjökull volcano, lies the concrete skeleton of the abandoned farm Dagverðará.

In the 19th century, 70-80% of Iceland's inhabitants worked in agriculture; that figure has collapsed to 5%. As a result, many farms crumbled into ruins. A non-profit organisation, "The Abandoned Farms association", researches and records abandoned farms' extent and cultural impact in rural areas.

Abandoned Dagverðará farm

This farm ruin is one such example. It is in the middle of nowhere, a stone's throw from the coast. The farmhouse was erected in the 1930s. Since 1971, however, the farmhouse has been abandoned. The adjoining barn has also been left empty.

The ruin has great emotional and historical value for Snæfellsnes residents. Some even believe that ghosts and elves inhabit the area. What is certain is that vandals frequent the place. In 2015, part of the exterior walls were smeared with graffiti tags.

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