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The Rescue Man 2020

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Thorverk supports the local search and rescue team in Reykholar, Bjorgunarsveitin Heimamenn, every year with buying a statue of the yearly rescue man. Today Finnur received this years Rescue Man today.


The First lady was the first visitor for a long while

Eliza and our Viktor after examining a pile of seaweed.
Eliza and our Viktor after examining a pile of seaweed.
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At Thorverk we have not had many visitors for a while due to precautions against possible Covid infections. However, with a short notice, we were happy to receive Mrs. Eliza Reid, the wife of the president of Iceland, Mr Gudni Th. Johannesson. The visit was informal and a part of their personal visit to Reykholar.

She had coffee with the staff and a brief introduction to the more than 40 years history and operations of Thorverk. A tour through the factory was a must and a great number of questions needed to be answered. As always, it is fun and interesting to have interested visitors asking different questions. Of course she had some questions to answer as well, f.ex. isn´t it fun being the First lady?

When picked up by her husband, they both promised to come again and for an official visit at that time. And we promised to have some snack with the coffee.


No visitors allowed

fibers, fertilizers, hygiene products made with algae
fibers, fertilizers, hygiene products made with algae
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Thorverk uses heavy machinery, boiling hot geothermal water, cranes, ships and tractors to bring the ascophyllum and laminaria harvest ashore to the drying mill. Unfortunately this means that no visits are allowed due to security reasons. But in the village the museum/exhibition (tourist information) shows the algae, and products that partially consist of wrack and kelp. Be sure to visit there and ask about the factory, harvest and industry. The algae are used as binding material in medicine and toothpaste. Also as jellyfying agent in icecream and puddings. They are also used to make fibres to make clothes. The meal is used as organic fertilizer in gardening and Glæðir, a liquid fertilizer made in Reykhólar is perfect for your houseplants. It is also available at the exhibition. 


Grettir as new

small harbour, big crowd
small harbour, big crowd
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Excitement, anticipation, joy and chilly winds went through people who arrived at Reykhólahöfn on Sunday May 10. Grettir Thorverks ship was finally closing in carrying this spring's first seaweed harvest. The ship has undergone considerable repair and improvements, recently. 


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Up and out

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We have been very effective in keeping the COVIT away. Washing and disinfecting all surfaces twice a day. Nobody became ill in our community. But our ship and harvesters have had a good overhaul. New engines, new paint, new pipes and auxilliary unit for the towers. The harvesters are all set in their fine looking boats. Fanney has prepared all nets and bags, and the community is working on making the harbour safer. The big buffering-tyres are under renovation. 

Furthermore the road authority is working on deepening the harbour and widening the way in to it between skerries and islands. Here are some pictures from us this season. -And have a happy healthy summer! 


We were nominated!

The UN sustainability goals.
The UN sustainability goals.

To our pleasure has Thorverk been nominated for the prize for sustainability professionalism or directly translated: the "Knowledge Award" arranged by the Icelandic association of Business Managers and Economists. As stated in a letter from Telma Eir Aðalsteinsdóttir, Managing Director, the occasion is as follows:

The Icelandic Knowledge Award 2020 will be awarded to companies that, in the opinion of the jury, have excelled in the field of Corporate Sustainable Responsibility and when it comes to effective environmental policy.

Let's see what becomes, but the President of Iceland delivers the prize later. In particular, it looks to ways that companies  approach the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which can be read in Icelandic Wikipedia or at the the UN sites.


The kids sing and get treats

some young some older
some young some older
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As is the custom in Iceland at the onset of Easter fasting or the annual Lent, children go around homes and companies. They are dressed up in costumes, show off and collect treats by singing. The roots of this custom are fairly ancient. The week starts by Monday- the bunday. Then homes and bakeries offer buns of all sorts. Fishballs and meatballs are the main dish followed by sweet buns filled with cream and jam. Then comes the Tuesday sprengidagur, - overeating day- when the food should be fat and filling, usually realised as a bean soup cooked on salted lamb or horse meat and consumed in quantities (reminds of mardi gras, of course). Finally on the Wednesday, termed Ashday, the kids wander between houses and sing. That is done in various fashions at various sites and has during the last decades from hanging small unwanted home made fabric bags to collecting treats. More information on these traditions are to be found in Icelandic on Icelandic wikipedia  - And actually google translate is quite developed these days when translating to English at least.  


Visitors, thank you, what a success!!

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The open house was a great success. In the guestbook we have 38 signatures. Senior citizens, honorary citizens, children and new residents, a splendid turnout.

We think that 38 is quite good in the midst of all Christmas preparation, given the cold spell, snowstorms and recent electricity failures. Guests asked many questions and older staff had many stories to tell. Halldóra Játvarðardóttir (over 70) told here guide many things about former gear and arrangements while she was working in the factory. It surprised her how much had actually changed, given that the core process is more or less the same as it ever was.

The children got an insigt to the factory, machinery, their parents' roles and tasks and what products can be made from seaweed.  
Thorverk will repeat this open house for visitors. Next time around probably with an historical twist. There were so may good stories to tell. They should be collected. Therefore, if you have interesting pnotos that show some of the history of Thorverk, please hand them over for scanning to either Finnur or Maria. Welcome to the next open house!
Have a happy seaweed winter solstice.


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Svona orðalag notaði Halldór Laxness. Þetta þýðir þú mátt kalla á mig ef þu þarft á mér að halda. Thorverk brást skjótt við beiðni í gær um að láta af hendi olíubirgðir til að keyra varaafl á Reykhólum. Rafmangslaust hefur verið frá Hrútatungu frá því á þriðjudag. Guðmundur á Grund hafði staðið vaktina í meira en sólarhring í gær miðvikudag 11. 12 2019 þegar hann sá að nú færi að lækka í olíubirgðunum. Bæði stóri gamli dísilrafallinn og sá nýji eru keyrðir. Brynjólfur og Óli Smárasynir ásamt Bjössa Samúelssyni brugðust við og sóttu um 1400 lítra í olíuskúr Þörungaverksmiðjunnar. Þetta ætti að duga í svona 2 sólarrhinga. Víða í sveitinni er rafmagnslaust og farið að kólna ískyggilega. Á meðan dælum er haldið í gangi með rafmagni þá ætti ekki að kólna í húsum á Rerykhólum. En Þörungaverksmiðjan fer ekki í gang ef eingöngu er keyrt á varaafli.  


Iceland Review writes about the uses of seaweed

Seashore
Seashore

A classic well illustrated magazine is published in English about Icelandic affairs. In one of the issues an article is about seaweed. Many new companies that use kelp, dulse and rockweed in various ways have been founded during this century. Thorverk is on one of the pictures, but otherwise they write about companies that sell macro-alge as food (dulse) and skin products. There is also an article about Keresis who uses collagen fibres from fish shkin to help healing difficult wounds and a salt cookery. Many of these companies have attchments to the Westfjords.