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Turf Wall Damaged by Tour Bus

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Turf Wall Damaged by Tour Bus

Photo: Byggðasafn Skagfirðinga / Facebook

A turf wall surrounding the turf farm and 19th century timber houses at the Glaumbær, the Skagafjörður Heritage Museum in Northern Iceland, was seriously damaged when a tour bus drove into it on Wednesday, mbl.is reports. The damage wasn't discovered by museum staff until later, as the driver left the scene without reporting the accident.

The museum shared the incident in a post on Facebook, writing that “Some tours bus drivers are klutzy, but most are honest people. The one who put a hole in our wall drove away without letting us know.”

Mbl.is later spoke to museum director Sigríður Sigurðardóttir, who said that the turf wall is damp and soft after the winter, so it doesn’t take much to damage it, even if such a collision doesn't do any damage to the vehicle that hits it. Sigríður said that she and the museum staff knew who caused the damage and contacted the tour company to ask that he pay for a part of the damage. “This is going to be an extensive restoration that costs a lot—probably around half a million [$4,899] in total.”

Following the post on Facebook, however, that the driver contacted the museum about the damage. “...[H]e’s planning on repairing the wall himself,” the museum wrote in a follow-up post. “Good man."

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