While the capital Reykjavik is busy with construction of new hotels and apartments, at Fludir, the centre of Icelandic greenhouse horticulture, one cultivator has converted his greenhouse to welcome visitors as well as grow tomatoes.
Behind the greenhouse he has rejuvenated an open-air swimming pool originally opened in 1891, heated with water from the thermal sources from the surrounding area. The greenhouse conversion has a reception area with changing rooms and a small bar, opening out to the pool and view of the hot spring and plots of outdoor cultivation.
Closer to Reykjavik, in Selfoss, another tomato cultivator has extended his greenhouse to accommodate a terrace and bar beside the growing crops. Tomato inspired dishes are served, such as tomato soup, tomato ice cream, tomato apple pie, tomato cheesecake and several tomato drinks.
As gardeners, you already know how good it feels to be around plants – it seems the tourist world is catching on.