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Young couple hopes to produce seaweed salt according to an old, Viking method - and you can help

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  • Svefneyjar A young couple, Guðni Þór Þrándarson and Marie Lega­telois, are looking to finance their salt production. The couple recently purchased the only farmhouse on Svefneyjar, a small cluster of islands in West Iceland. Photo/Viking Silver 

A young couple, Guðni Þór Þrándarson and Marie Lega­telois, are looking to finance their salt production with the help of crowd-funding site Karolina Fund. The couple recently purchased the only farmhouse on Svefneyjar, a small cluster of islands in the beautiful Breiðafjörður bay, West Iceland, and intend to produce salt from seaweed according to an old, Viking method.

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Icelandic Vikings used to burn seaweed to extract its salty mineral content. Guðni and Marie believe that the salt, called Viking Silver, will improve peoples’ mineral nutrition and help prevent disease. But to be able to produce the salt they first need to bring the production facilities up to date – and that’s where you come in.

“We chose to use crowdfunding to finance the required factory equipment, because we did not want to hand control of our vision to venture capitalists,” the pair wrote on their crowd-funding site.

 

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People can donate anything from 5 Euros to 1000 Euros - which will buy you a trip to the island, accommodation in one of Iceland’s oldest turf houses, a traditional Viking dinner and a boat trip around the bay.

The Book of Settlements, Landnáma, tells of Viking chieftain Hallsteinn of Hallsteinsnes who produced salt on Svefneyjar islands (Sleeping Islands). The islands got their name after the chieftain found his slaves there, exhausted and fast asleep. Needless to say, the poor men paid for the nap with their lives.

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