The Norwegian family name Hovdenak was chosen for the distillery when it was founded in 2018 in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland. After a few years of experimenting, the perfect product was born and got the name Stuðlaberg Gin.
A sample bottle of Stuðlaberg was sent to the specialist Henrik Hammer in Denmark. It was promptly approved and things were immediately put in motion. Hákon Freyr and Erling had the same vision and saw an opportunity to utilize their skills and experience in spiritmaking and operations management. Their dream of creating their own product became a reality.