Heritage of Skyr

Timeline

Skyr making has a long history in Iceland. Its deeply rooted Icelandic tradition is believed to have remained unchanged from first settlement until the middle of the last century.

874
874
SKYR ORIGIN

Nordic settlers arrive in Iceland and begin making Skyr.

1120 1130
1120 1130
ICELANDIC TALES

Skyr is mentioned in many of the Icelandic tales of family feuds and heroics of the time, including the Icelandic Sagas Egil’s Saga, Grettis Saga and Ljósvetninga Saga, to name a few.

874 1900s
874 1900s
FROM MOTHER TO DAUGHTER

Skyr is a staple element of the Icelandic diet. Made by women, the recipe, process and original Icelandic Skyr cultures are handed down through generations, from mother to daughter.

1900
1900
DAWN OF THE DAIRIES

Owned and operated by women, dairies pop up all over Iceland, producing cream and butter for export—and for Skyr.

1927 1935
1927 1935
MS DAIRIES

Skyr production begins at the newly established MS Iceland Dairies. Icelandic women mentor dairy scientists in the art of Skyr making, with methods much the same as those from the middle ages.

1960
1960
HÓLMFRÍÐUR PÉTURSDÓTTIR

Hólmfríður Pétursdóttir writes a detailed account of Icelandic Skyr making and stated that people have always been conscious of the wholesomeness of Skyr. Skyr and its consumption has been an important factor in people’s subsistence and one of the cornerstones of the Icelandic diet since the land was settled.

2016
2016
ICELANDIC SKYR IN AMERICA

Icelandic Provisions is introduced to the US market.