In Sesseljuhus, there are always a number of interesting exhibitions on topics relating to environmental issues.

Permanent Exhibit: Clean Energy – A Better World

The exhibit Clean Energy – A Better World is the only permanent exhibition in Sesseljuhus and is also the largest. This exhibit focuses on renewable energy, is largely interactive and is very interesting for the whole family.  The exhibit is both in English and Icelandic and is open all year. School groups are welcome to the exhibit and receive also a presentation on Sólheimar, the sustainability of Sesseljuhus, and renewable energy in Iceland. 

20081216_02_01The exhibit is part of the outdoor Energy Park exhibit, which teaches about the sustainable energy sources used in Solheimar, including wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric. .

Performance Management:   Bergþóra Hlíðkvist Skúladóttir, Pálín Dögg Helgadóttir and Sigurður Ingi Friðleifsson
Carpenter:  Christelle Bimier
Graphics:  Art and History

The exhibit was developed in collaboration with Orkusetur. 



The exhibit Clean Energy – A Better World

Solar panels on Sesseljuhus roof that are part of The Energy park 

Sustainable home
– is and exhibit that educate people how to be more sustainable and eco -friendly at their home. Its a ideal exhibit for students in all ages. The exhibit was made in corporation with CELL university program students and www.natura.is. This exhibit is in English.


Sólheimar – Sustainable community – is an exhibit to show and tell guests about the tasks and projects in Sólheimar. The main focus of this exhibit is on art workshops , however there are also information about the community and Sunna greenhouses.


Energy database and Energy screen
is an exhibit to inform and educate people regarding energy usage of Sesseljuhus. Sesseljjuhus gets the energy from three sources, windmill, solar panels and from the land grid. Live information is presented on the screen for guests and energy usage data go in to database for research projects. Also there is information about how much energy we will use if we would use fossil fuel to make electricity for the house. 

IMG_7850 Skjárinn Graf

Past Exhibits

Special Exhibits in the Summer of 2013

The exhibit Recycling in Solheimar was opened in the beginning of June at the start of the Solheimar summer festival. Solheimar drastically changed its garbage collection system in the past year, to be able to recycle more and reduce the ecological footprint of the village. This exhibit illustrates the new recycling system. The eight different recycling categories are explained, as well as what happens to the waste after it is thrown in the bin. Recycling is only one way in which we can reduce our garbage, and other solutions (Rethink, Reduce, Reuse) are also discussed.

The photo exhibit water was also opened at the start of the summer festival. It presents a collection of black&white pictures taken by inhabitants of Solheimar, using self-made pinhole cameras. The cameras were made during an educational workshop under guidance of photographer Pétur Thomsen who lives in Solheimar. This thematic exhibit is dedicated to the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation.


Past Exhibits

The exhibit Recycling and Forestry (2011) was made of packaging and other items one might term “junk”, cast off by the residents of Solheimar in one week.  The result was the so-called “forest room,” which illustrates the potential beauty of garbage.  The exhibit was dedicated to the year of forests of the United Nations. 

The exhibit Sustainable Tourism (2011) was developed in cooperation with the University of Iceland.  Students in the course “Tourism and the Environment” created informative signs on the subject that were showed in Sesseljuhus.

The exhibit Sustainable Construction (2011) covered the different types of sustainable buildings.  The exhibit was developed largely by the students David Burt and Brennan Long, who studied architecture and worked in Sesseljuhus fall 2010.





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