The hovel is located a short distance from the church and the farmhouse, closest to the sea. Originally it was built around 1880 and counts among the grandest of such houses in Iceland. Its relatively high side walls are made of stone, the rest of wood, and the crown is a sod roof. Such hovels were mainly used as depots for fishing gear and for fish processing, i.e. dried fish. The hovel has been undir the protection of the National Museum since 1976, when it was restored.