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Sólheimar eco village is a lovely little sustainable community upcountry in South-Iceland. There are ca 100 residents at Sólheimar, 42 of them are living with disabilities of some kind. It is the oldest registered eco village in the world.

The Icelandic word Sólheimar means "Sun-world" :)

There are many work-shops at Sólheimar: The Carpentry workshop, The Candle workshop, The Pottery workshop, The Weaving workshop and The Herbal workshop and the production is for sale at the art gallery at Verslunin Vala store (see my tip under shopping).

Sólheimar eco village is such a diverse community with green-houses, a sculpture garden, swimming pool, an organic café Grćna kannan "The Green mug" (see my tip) at Sólheimar square, Brekkukot guesthouse and Sólheimakirkja church with their own minister, Birgir Thomsen who is my Uncle.

There is also a bakery at Sólheimar where bread and cakes are made, under the brand name "Nćrandi" meaning nutrisious, and food industry where jam and seasoned oils are produced. They also make cosmetics. All of this is organic.

Sólheimar has received the Environmental Prize of the Iceland Tourist Council and every year 30.000-50.000 guests visit the eco-village. Groups can receive a guided tour (2-3 hours) of the Sólheimar community.

There is also a drama society at Sólheimar, so one can see how creative this small society is.

The emphasis at Sólheimar is on everything organic, organic forestry, organic agriculture, organic café and recycling based on the beliefs of the founder of Sólheimar, Sesselja Hreindís Sigmundsdóttir (see my tip on Sesselja House). Ever since 1930 they have been growing organic vegetables and now they make many tonnes of organic vegetables every year, ca 10 tonnes of tomatoes and ca 5 tonnes of cucumbers, kale, pepper (paprika) and herbs. Iceland was back then the first of the Northern countries to grow organic vegetables.

I used to work at Sólheimar in 1987 so this place has been dear to me for special reasons. It has changed a lot since then with many additions - it only gets better and better :D

I have added more pictures of Sólheimar in a travelogue.

Address: Sólheimar, 801 Selfoss, South-Iceland
Directions: Coming from Reykjavík driving east on road 1, turn left on road 35 and right on road 354. Sólheimar is down the valley on your left. Sólheimar is 84 km away from Reykjavík.
othercontact: solheimar@solheimar.is
Phone: 354 4804400
Website: http://www.solheimar.is

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 12, 2014
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