Sólheimar is a world renowned sustainable community known for its artistic and ecological atmosphere where about 100 people live and work together. It was founded in 1930 by a woman called Sesselja Hreindís Sigmundsdóttir (1902-1974). It's a small village in the countryside, characterized by vegetation, open common spaces and buildings that nicely co-exist with the landscape. The Sólheimar community focuses on the growth and development of humans and nature. The overarching social goal is to provide disabled individuals of various backgrounds the opportunity to work, live, and socialize.
The activities in Sólheimar are diverse. In the village, there are organic greenhouses, both for vegetable cultivation and nonfood plants, as well as a forestry, in fact the only organic forestry in Iceland. There is also a shop/gallery in Sólheimar, a café, a bakery, guesthouses and many art exhibitions throughout the year. There are six workshops in the village including a candle workshop, ceramics, weaving, carpentry, fine art atelier, paper-making workshop and an herbal workshop that makes soaps, shampoos, lotions, etc.
In Sólheimar, you will find a church, a sculpture garden, an arboretum, sports hall, gym and swimming pool, a music garden, an art gallery and, during the summer and for Advent, a cultural festival with different venues for music, fine art, theater, etc. The sustainability center, Sesseljuhus, is where most conferences, meetings and other gatherings are held both for the village and visitors.