Friðheimar is very much a family affair, run by Knútur Rafn Ármann and his wife Helena Hermundardóttir. He is an agronomist from Hólar University College in north Iceland, while she is a horticulturalist from Reykir Horticultural College. Their five children, Dóróthea, Karítas, Matthías Jens, Arnaldur and Tómas Ingi, all play an active part in the family business.
At Friðheimar, we grow tomatoes all year round, despite Iceland’s long, dark winters under artificial lighting in greenhouses. We welcome visitors to see our greenhouses, and then enjoy a taste of the crop. And now they can take delicious food souvenirs made of our tomatoes and cucumbers away with them. We also breed horses, and put on a horse show – in fourteen languages.
Enjoy a unique food experience in our restaurant, where the tomatoes grow all around! Tomato soup and freshly baked bread, along with other delicacies, in a pleasant environment among the plants
At Friðheimar, the principle has been to grow tomatoes with optimum taste quality, while maintaining eco-friendly standards. The tomatoes are now grown all year, using state-of-the-art technology in an environmentally-friendly way. Green energy, pure water and biological pest controls make for tasty and healthful tomatoes.
Visits to the greenhouses are available all year round for prebooked groups. Visitors gain an insight into the processes of greenhouse horticulture, with a short and informative talk on the subject – and in fact it is quite remarkable that it should be possible to grow vegetables in this cold climate, by creating warm Mediterranean conditions, all year round, through the long dark winter.
Green and lean
The cold water we irrigate in the greenhouses is the same water we drink at home and serve to our guests in the restaurant. It comes from springs in Fljótsbotnar, the source of Tungufljót. Since tomatoes are about 90% water, the quality of the water the plant receives is essential. It is a valuable resource for us Icelanders to have access to good and abundant spring water for irrigation.
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Our little tomato shop.
At your door or in our store
In our tomato shop, you can find all kinds of products made from our harvest. The Little tomato shop is open every day from 9:00-17:00 every day, as well as around the clock online.