Valtýr Gunnarsson is an IT consultant and father to daughters Freyja Sunna (4) and Svana Ásdís (2). He and his wife have a summer house in Laugarvatn, a small town east of Reykjavik where Valtýr primarily grew up (after living in Wisconsin and Ann Arbor for a few years where his parents were studying).
We first met Valtýr and the girls at the Laugarvatn Fontana where they played along the shore before picnicking in the hills of the mountain behind their summer house. They have a deep familial connection to the land there, as it is where Valtýr's father was born and where his grandfather farmed the land. They love being able to take their kids out on hikes exploring the hills, just like Valtýr did throughout his childhood.
Both Freyja and Svana were born in London, where their mother is from. About a year ago, Valtýr and his wife moved back to Iceland in order to raise their girls in a more family friendly environment. For most of the year they live in Reykjavik, but during the summer — like most Icelanders — they take advantage of the beautiful weather and long hours of sunlight as much as possible at their idyllic summer house.