The total production value of Icelandic agriculture last year was just over 80 billion, of which part of plant crop cultivation is about 24 billion, or about 30%, according to figures from Statistics Iceland. Icelandic flower farmers grow in their greenhouses, most of the flowers that are sold in this country. Most of the greenhouses are in the south, from Hveragerði up to Biskupstungur, and in Mosfellsdalur just north of Reykjavík. The first greenhouse for growing flowers was built in Laugardalur in Reykjavík in 1924. The turnover of flower farmers last year was over 3.6 billion, which is similar to the turnover of potato farmers. Icelandic Times / Land & Saga took a trip east to the flower town Hveragerði, which has been known for decades for its flower cultivation, but it got the flower town nickname as early as the 1950s, when a number of greenhouses were built there around and after 1940.
Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson
Hveragerði 20/05/2023 : A7R IV, A7C : FE 2.8/100mm GM, FE 1.4/24mm GM