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Sesseljuh˙s - Sesselja House is dedicated to the founder of Sˇlheimar, this wonderful woman Sesselja HreindÝs Sigmundsdˇttir (1902-1974) who established Sˇlheimar on July 5th 1930.
Sesselja established Sˇlheimar in 1930, when she was 28 years old, as a haven for children who had a rough time due to loss of parents or the parents being too ill to raise them. In 1931 the first handicapped child came to Sˇlheimar and since then Sˇlheimar has been a haven for handicapped people with 42 handicapped people living there now. Sesselja always put emphasis on the fact that Sˇlheimar were a proper home and not an institution.
Sesselja studied in Denmark, Germany and Switzerland and was the first Icelander, who studied tendance for mentally handicapped people.
Sesselja was a pioneer in environmentalism and organic cultivation and can be referred to as the first Icelandic environmentalist.
Sesselja House was opened on July 5th 2002 on Sesselja's 100th anniversary. It is a sustainable building made with timber and sod roof. It hosts seminars with educational work and can be rented out for meetings and courses. It is open to public so when visiting Sˇlheimar have a look inside.
Address: Sesselja House, Sˇlheimar, 801 Selfoss, S-Iceland
Directions: Sesseljuh˙s is located on the hill above Brekkukot guest-house.
Phone: 354 4804470 354 8979171
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