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South Iceland Farm Gets 100,000 Visitors

Over 100,000 people have dropped by at the visitor center at Þorvaldseyri farm under Eyjafjalljökull. A documentary about the family is screened at the center.

thorvaldseyri_olafur_eggertssonÞorvaldseyri. Photo courtesy of Ólafur Eggertsson.

Þorvaldseyri was one of the farms worst affected following the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption. The farm became world famous when a photo of the ash cloud above the farm was used by the international media.

Ólafur and his family are dairy farmers but also grown cereals and rapeseed.

He said he did not expect his life to change so much after his family decided to set up a visitor center along the highway two years ago.

“Seven-hundred-and-twenty people visited the other day, it was a little difficult,” Ólafur said, adding that tourists sometimes ask for his autograph, reports.

“Sometimes one wonders whether it isn’t too much but of course we are happy to show tourists what it is like to live and survive Icelandic nature and for them to take good memories home with them,” he concluded.


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