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Lofoten, Moskenesøya, Napp

Grass roof, the norwegian translation is “torvtak”, which means “turf roof”. The advantages of such grass/turf roofs (also called sod roofs) are many: They are very heavy, so they help to stabilize the house, they provide good insulation and they can stay for many years. 

But of course you won’t be able to keep the grass short enough, so which method can you use? :)

Although it looks like someone just threw some dirt on the house and hoped for rain, the process of creating a proper turf roof was a little more complicated than that. You wouldn’t guess it, judging by its name, but the main element of a turf roof was actually birch bark. It was strong, water resistant, easy to strip off of a tree trunk, and most importantly it was free and abundant throughout the country. The bark would be set on the roof of the house and immediately covered with multiple layers of turf, to keep it in place.

This is a link to Google View on the same cabin at wintertime

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