Sesseljuhus is an educational and exhibition center focused on environmental issues and sustainable development. It is located in the Solheimar eco-village in Southern Iceland. The center provides environmental education in various forms throughout the year, including a Study Abroad Program for foreign university students, educational programs for young local students, a summer lecture series for the general public as well as many interesting exhibitions. Sesseljuhus collaborates with various Icelandic and foreign organizations on a wide variety of activities and events.
Sesseljuhus is a very sustainable timber building with a sod roof and many natural passive systems. During its design and construction, environmental concerns were top priority. Sesseljuhus formally opened on July 5th of 2002 on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sesselja Hreindís Sigmundsdóttir, the founder of Solheimar. She was an environmental pioneer in Iceland and is often considered the first Icelandic environmentalist. As the Icelandic government donated 75 million krona for its construction, Minister of the Environment Sif Friðleifsdóttir conducted the first groundbreaking for the building’s construction.
The center is open to the public during the week and guests are welcome to walk around and check out all that it has to offer. Sesseljuhus can also be rented out for conducting meetings, courses, conferences and the like as it contains excellent facilities for up to 100 people. See “Conferences and Meetings ” for more information.