Skrúður is a vegetable garden in Dýrafjörður, a fjord in the north-western part of Iceland, just a few kilometers from the Arctic Circle. Núpur is the name of the mountain looming over the garden. Together, the two receive the Carlo Scarpa Prize for gardens 2013.

 

Sigtryggur Guðlaugsson, a local school principal with a keen interest in herbs, opened the vegetable garden in 1909. Located on a treeless island by the arctic circle, gardening may not seem like the most lucrative hobby, but Guðlaugsson (pictured below with his wife and children) did not let the harsh conditions stop him.

 

 

 

Above, plans and sketches  for the garden from Guðlaugsson’s diary.

Below, images of how the garden looks today.

 

 

 

 

Every year the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche promotes a campaign – the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens – to attract attention to a site which is particularly rich in natural, historical and creative values.

Previous winners include The Otaniemi Chapel in Helsinki, Finland, Castelvecchio in Verona and Museumplein of Amsterdam.

Read our news article about the award here and more about the award here.