The farm Seglbúðir
Agriculture has been the income of the family for generations where sustainability, biodiversity and responsibility have been the of great importance to the farmers Erlendur and Thorunn. The couple have currently a stock of 250 sheep that walk freely around the area. While staying in the guesthouse you are more than likely to see some of the sheep strolling around. Additionally to the sheep, there are 15 horses in Seglbúðir and the two dogs Seppi and Fín.
Sustainability is of huge importance for the family, that takes pride in managing the natural resources so that the final product is of maximum quality. The family’s attitude to animal welfare and conservation of the river and the surrounding nature was rewarded in 2010 by the European Landowners Organization (ELO). That award is given to farmers that show unusual effort to strengthen sustainability and biodiversity and by bringing the nature closer to its original settings.
Hydroelectricity for nearly a century
The water in Grenlækur has since 1926 been used to produce hydroelectricity in Seglbúðir. The original hydro plant was around 6 kW and was built by Erlendur’s grandfather, Helgi Jónsson. In 1956, Helgi’s son, Jón built a new 20 kW plant, which Erlendur and Thorunn renovated and extended up to 60 kW in 2000. It fulfills the electricity needs of Seglbúðir, when there is enough water in Grenlækur.
Local meat production
On the Seglbúðir farm some local delicacies of sheep meat are produced. Sheep meat is produced in various ways and lovingly prepared to finished products in qualitative excellence. On the farm the family can offer the classic Icelandic smoked mutton leg that has been allowed to hang for months and is eaten raw. This gives the meat a distinctive taste out of the ordinary. An opening of a local small-scale slaughterhouse and meat production is projected in the autumn 2014. There will locals and travellers be are able to get their hands on distinguished local products directly from the farmers.