Family farm since 1887
The farm has been in the same family since 1887, when Jónas Jóhannesson and Guðfinna Jósepsdóttir started farming it. Now the fifth generation kids, Bjartey, Elvar, and Arna, are running the farm.
The families living at Bjarteyjarsandur today are:
Arnheiður Hjörleifsdóttir, Guðmundur Sigurjónsson and their daughter Guðbjörg Bjartey Guðmundsdóttir.
Kolbrún Eiríksdóttir and Sigurjón Guðmundsson (Guðmundur´s parents).
Þórdís Þórisdóttir, Guðjón Jónasson and their kids; Elvar Þór og Arna Rún.
Jónas Guðmundsson (Guðjón´s father).
HVALFJÖRÐUR AND THE SURROUNDING
Hvalfjordur valley is a scenic and mountainous fjord just north of Reykjavík. The valley encompasses beautiful scenic views, a unique history, splendid nature trails and hiking possibilities, and the varying nature of Iceland at its finest. Glymur waterfall, Hvalfjordur´s gem, is in the rear end of the fjord, having a height 198 meters down a steep canyon. The hike to Glymur is an adventurous one through canyons, a birch forest, and lava fields. In cooperation with Touch Iceland Bjarteyjarsandur offers guided tours to Glymur and other popular (and not so popular/known, but beautiful) places in the area.
At Bjarteyjarsandur, we try to work in a way which promotes an ecological and sustainable way of life. We are respectful of nature and try to minimize the impacts we have on the surrounding environment. We inform our guests and customers about the different values of the area we live in and how to be respectful of them.
Our six golden steps to success
1. Our main product is lamb-meat. We want to provide a pure and healthy meat for Icelanders and keep the farm as organic as possible.
2. Soil erosion has been a problem in Iceland for a long time. We would like to hold that problem back, by using soil reclamation and reforestation.
3. Overall, consumption is a growing problem in Iceland, so we minimize the waste we produce on the farm, and recycle as much of it as possible.
4. Education is what we consider to be the fundamental factor in achieving and furthering sustainable development goals. We want to expand our existing educational program, both in terms of the number of participants and their age level.
5. Tourism is a growing industry in Iceland, so we offer our guests guided tours in the neighbourhood, where the emphasis is on nature conservation, and respect for the environment and its habitants.
6. Rural communities in Iceland have been suffering from population migration. We are working towards making the countryside more attractive and strengthening our rural community.