Iceland's geothermal energy resources make it the perfect location for greenhouse production.
Icelandic greenhouses offer opportunities to produce high-quality crops that are based on:
- Zero carbon footprint
- Pesticide-free growth
- Low cost production
With plenty of land available at relatively low cost, as well as a cool climate, which enables a fully controlled environment free from pests, Iceland is the ideal location for greenhouse production.
Reasons to choose Iceland:
No need for pesticides
- Iceland's isolated location, combined with the cool climate, means that it remains free from harmful bugs for most of the year. Pesticides are therefore unnecessary.
Low cost, plentiful land
- Land is widely available and therefore relatively low cost, which means low costs for greenhouse building or expansions.
Quality produce with zero carbon footprint
- Iceland offers clean, low cost geothermal energy with plenty of access to clean hot and cold water.
- That means no carbon footprint and excellent opportunities for different kinds of production, such as vegetables and spices.
An experienced and established greenhouse culture
- Producers in Iceland have been using geothermal energy for greenhouse production for over a century – mostly for vegetables, tomatoes and peppers.
- This experience and knowledge provides opportunities to create organic, clearly sourced produce for the world market.
Interesting ongoing greenhouse projects in Iceland
- ORF Genetics is an Icelandic biotechnology company that has established 'Green Factories' to produce genetically modified barley.
- Geogreenhouse Inc. has plans to build a 5-hectare greenhouse to grow four types of cherry tomatoes for the UK market. The production process uses hot water from boreholes, which creates natural C02 that stimulates plant growth.
- Jurt grows the Nordic Wasabi in amongst the most technologically advanced greenhouses in Europe. Located in Eastern Iceland, Jurt sells its products to fine dining restaurants and food enthusiasts.