An all Tomato Lunch at Fridheimar Greenhouse in Iceland

We visited Friðheimar just outside of Reykholt in South Iceland while we were on the Golden circle” drive. Friðheimar is a vegetable farm where their main product is tomatoes. The tomatoes in Iceland are red and juicy owing to the volcanic rich soil, we saw a lot of people munching on them like apples. When we were seated at our tables, one of the staff at Friðheimar greeted us and told us a little bit about the greenhouse and how they grow tomatoes all year round, despite Iceland’s long, dark winters, under artificial lighting in greenhouse.  The Fridheimar Tomato Greenhouse was designed and developed with the collaboration of Finnish experts since horticulture under artificial lighting is highly advanced in Finland.

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Fridheimar Greenhouse

Friðheimar Greenhouse

The farm has abundant supplies of geothermal water, which provides heat to the greenhouses. Friðheimar uses green energy and organic pesticides and since Iceland does not have honeybees to pollinate the flowers, they bring them from Holland. We learned during our visit, that Friðheimar holds about 18% of the whole local tomato market in Iceland. In the nursery greenhouse, seeds are planted, and the plants grow in pots for there the first six weeks, with automated watering. When the plants are transplanted into the greenhouse they are flowering on the first truss, and seven to eight weeks later the first tomatoes blush red. Walking around the greenhouse, we saw tomatoes in different stages of ripeness and also few different varies like plum tomatoes and cocktail tomatoes.

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Friðheimar have opened up their greenhouses to visitors and offers delicious lunches every day between 12:00 and 16:00 where there are tomatoes in almost every dish including the water. We tried their wonderful Bloody Mary with Icelandic vodka and also a Healthy Mary, a nonalcoholic version made from green tomatoes, lime, honey and ginger, served chilled with sparkling water.

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Lunch at Fridheimar Greenhouse

We were there rather late almost before they closed for lunch but still, the bread was fresh and soup yummy. We had the tomato soup, their specialty, and a variety of homemade bread and really fresh and tangy cucumber salsa. The kids had the tortellini pasta stuffed with fresh pesto and cooked in a tomato sauce. It was all delicious and the fact we were sitting outside a bright greenhouse where the tomatoes were grown made the experience extra special. We didn’t save room for dessert but they had some interesting ones like – Homemade tomato ice cream à la Friðheimar, cheesecake with jam of green-tomato, cinnamon and lime and Green-tomato and apple pie all featuring tomatoes!

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Local beer options
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Visiting the Fridheimar Tomato Greenhouse in Iceland - OutsideSuburbia.com
You can dine inside the Greenhouse, we opted to sit outdoors
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We ran into Knútur, the owner of this neat little Greenhouse on our way out.
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Little Tomato shop

There is a Little Tomato Shop next to the Atrium, which sells edible souvenirs and other specialties you might have fallen in love with. Friðheimar also has an online shop where you can buy their famous cucumber salsa, tomato jam, picked tomatoes and various other tomato sauces and even some green tomato dessert sauce with vanilla.

A few more pictures from the Fridheimar Tomato Greenhouse

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You can find more information on their website and schedule visits

Friðheimar Address

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5 thoughts on “An all Tomato Lunch at Fridheimar Greenhouse in Iceland”

  1. You know, it seems like everyone is traveling to Iceland these days. It has become that “it” destination. And, it is beautiful. For adventure travelers, I really get it. The hiking and outdoor activities abound. But, the one complaint I’ve heard from most of my friends and other travel bloggers who have visited Iceland is that the food has been nothing worth writing about and quite expensive. So, as a food traveler, I’m relieved to read that you found a unique culinary experience in this destination others had described as the land of bland and over-priced fish and chips. I LOVE tomatoes, so visiting a greenhouse for a tour and meal would be right up my alley. This helped push Iceland a bit further up my own bucket list. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Hi Erin – I love eating at local farm to table places and found a few places in Iceland that we loved. Yes people/adventurers like to stop at gas stations for the famous hotdogs or meat soups but we found quite a few interesting places to eat in Iceland. Hope you get to visit soon!

  2. Food looks delicious! Even I have visited a place like this in India called “The Green Tokri Farms”. Loved the experience!

  3. Stumbled on your old blog through Indiblogger and then came around checking this brand new one. Looks nice.
    Glad to learn that you are addicted to blogging. By the way loved the pictures above. Iceland looks all the more inviting.

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