Saltverk´s Icelandic Flake salt is the world’s only artisan salt produced with 100% geothermal energy, and one of the best flake salts available. Making it the flake salt of choice for consumers looking for excellent salt made in an environmentally sustainable way.
Our salt making method is based on the 17th century old method practiced as well in Reykjanes. The Danish king established a saltwork in Reykjanes when Iceland was a part of the Danish kingdom. At that time the Danes had interest in Icelandic sheries and exports and the main purpose of the historic saltwork was to produce enough salt to suce the salt need of the Baccalà export of Iceland. The reason for it being situated in Reykjanes was how close the geysers were to the sea.
This method was a twist on the Northern European method of open pan salt making where lumber was the main source of energy. But since there are no woods in Iceland it was impossible to make salt this way - unless another source of energy would be found.
This is when the creative idea of using the natural geysers as a source of energy for the salt making was born. The Danish kingdom shipped pans, wood, calcium and professional saltmakers to Iceland from Norway to help with the construction of the first saltworks in Reykjanes. Once established, it produced about 80 tons of salt a year. In 1792, the Danish kingdom nearly went bankrupt and couldn't afford to repair the saltworks in Iceland. The locals, however, didn’t let a good thing go to waste and continued to use the original saltworks through the end of the 19th century.