History of Sólheimar
In 1930 Solheimar was started by an insightful visionary named Sesselja Sigmundsdottir. She wanted to create a unique place to take care of children. She used anthroposophical principles developed by Rudolf Steiner, which made this settlement the first of its kind in Iceland.
This village has grown from a primitive settlement of just a few individuals into a world renowned center for sustainable living and community development. Solheimar is a proud member of the Global Ecovillage Network and its colorful setting offers something interesting for everyone.
The story of Solheimar is the story of the people who make themselves a part of it. It is said that once you come to Solheimar, you always come back. This quaint community of approximately 120 residents, of which 43 with special needs, strives to reach a balance between an ecologically and socially responsible lifestyle. The village consists of many micro-businesses or more often called workshops; residents and visitors alike are able to work within different craft areas. These areas include a bakery, weaving and art room, soap workshop, candle workshop, wood workshop, tree nursery, ceramics studio and organic greenhouse.