Icelandic Tomato Lunch in Friðheimar

When you think about Iceland in winter you rarely think about tomatoes. Let’s be honest here for a second.

Well Knútur Rafn Ármann and his wife Helena Hermundardóttir decided to show us wrong by opening Friðheimar. There, they grow tomatoes all year long using the geothermal ground energy. Friðheimar wants to offer an environmentally and socially responsible service to its guests and it’s in their sustainable green house that we were welcome for a delicious lunch.

Sorry for the blur, the camera couldn’t take the tropical heat!

Tomatoes are the guests of honour

…of Friðheimar cuisine – and that’s not surprising, since three different varieties of tomato are cultivated around the tables creating a unique experience.

A whole menu!

My friend and I got welcomed by a delicious Tomato Soup served on a buffet with sour cream, home baked bread, cucumber salsa, butter and fresh herbs . Once settled, we tasted fresh Ravioli pasta with home made pasta sauce and pesto and the stone baked Tortilla with tomato, basil and Mozzarella. We added to our table a Healthy Mary (a cocktail made from green tomato, lime, honey and ginger, served chilled with sparkling water) and a tomato beer brewed with fully ripe red tomatoes.

Finally, as we are both a sweet tooth, we ended our fantastic lunch with a mouth watering cheesecake with jam of green-tomato, cinnamon and lime and a green-tomato and apple pie with cream.

Every dish was beautifully set up, delightful and served with a welcoming smile!


Friðheimar also gives you the opportunity to walk around the green house and discover how things work around here.

I believe it’s a very good way to bring reality back to the plate and to make people aware of what is around us and of how nature should be treated.

The bees were flying around our tables (as they are also making honey) and this experience truly felt like a jump into paradise.