Photographer's Note

After consulting the map I’m pretty sure this is Trøan Gård (gård = farm), located in Glåmos some 20 km west of Røros in Central Norway.

Even in rural Norway it is a rare sight with grassy roof on a residential unit on a farm as they are mostly seen on older small barns, summer farms and weekend cottages. What we see here is the exception and roughly I will date this building from around the change of century 1700/1800 or maybe a little later, and apparently it is still in use. The large evergreen in front of the house is most likely planted a long time ago and it provides fine shadow for those relaxing below…

The river seen in the background is Glomma, Norway’s longest with 604 km from its origin in Lake Aursunden a few km from this place.


A sod roof or turf roof is a traditional Scandinavian type of roof covered with sod on top of several layers of birch bark on gently sloping wooden roof boards. Until the late 19th century it was the most common roof on rural log houses in large parts of Scandinavia.

The load of approximately 250 kg per m² of a sod roof is an advantage because it helps to compress the logs and make the walls more draught-proof. In winter the total load may well increase to 400 or 500 kg per m² because of snow. Sod is also a reasonably efficient insulator in a cold climate. The birch bark underneath ensures that the roof will be waterproof.

(edited from Wikipedia)

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