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Sesseljuhús Environmental Center

Sesseljuhús Enviromental Center provides an educational experience focusing on sustainable building and environmental exhibitions. There are education programs and workshops on environmental issues held for students at all levels. In addition there are forums, meetings and seminars where all are welcome. Environmental presentations are also held all year round.
In addition, there are excellent facilities for meetings, courses and conferences as well.
For more information about the center and events, visit: www.solheimar.is
Sólheimar is considered the oldest eco-village in the world. Sólheimar was established as a children's home 80 years ago, but today Sólheimar focuses on offering people with special needs varied and creative employment opportunities, jobs in organic horticulture and forestry in a close-knit community that focuses on environmental issues and vivid cultural life. Sólheimar workplaces include six creative art workshops, Nærandi - an organic bakery and food processing unit, Ölur - organic forestry, Sunna - organic horticulture, Guesthouse Sesseljuhus, and Græna Kannan - an organic café. All products are sold in the Vala grocery store and art gallery.

is considered the oldest eco-village in the world. Sólheimar was established as a children's home 80 years ago, but today Sólheimar focuses on offering people with special needs varied and creative employment opportunities, jobs in organic horticulture and forestry in a close-knit community that focuses on environmental issues and vivid cultural life. Sólheimar workplaces include six creative art workshops, Nærandi - an organic bakery and food processing unit, Ölur - organic forestry, Sunna - organic horticulture, Guesthouse Sesseljuhus, and Græna Kannan - an organic café. All products are sold in the Vala grocery store and art gallery.

Opening periods:

Summer; weekdays 9-5, weekends 12-5

Winter: weekdays 9-5

Sesseljuhús Environmental Center

Sólheimar

GPS Points N64° 3' 56.579" W20° 38' 36.298"
Telephone

422-6080

855-6080

Opening period All year
Categories Museums , Exhibitions , Cottages

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In 1954, a team of archaeologists, while digging up the foundations of the old cathedral, came upon a sarcophagus which was believed to contain the skeleton of Páll Jónsson, one of the most powerful bishops of Skálholt. His sarcophagus, together with a few relics found at the scene, is now on display in an underground vault beneath the new memorial church built during 1956-1963 on the site of the old cathedral. All churches in Scandinavia contributed financially to its construction.

The last Catholic bishop of Iceland, Jón Arason, was executed at Skálholt in 1550, along with his two sons. He had opposed the Reformation imposed upon Iceland by King Christian III of Denmark. Today, a memorial stands at the site of the execution. Arason's Episcopal robes are on display at the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavík.

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