There are many great power plants in Iceland. Exploring them is something anyone interested in engineering should do.
Iceland is one of the few countries in the world that rely almost solely on renewable energy. We generate electricity by harnessing the power of our rivers and the geothermal hot spots all around the country.
In fact, there are a few power plants near or around Reykjavik, which are open to public and make a nice addition to any tour, especially for those who are interested in energy or engineering.
Here are our top choices. Feel free to reach out to us if you would like to see these power plants while exploring Iceland.
Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant
Hellisheidi power plant is one of the most recent power plants in Iceland. It is only a short distance from Reykjavik, making it an idea stop.
The exhibition offers a unique and state-of-the-art insight into geothermal energy and energy consumption in Iceland.
Experienced guides are on-hand to provide informative presentations backed by multimedia shows about sustainable green energy as a global energy resource, since geothermal resources can be found worldwide.
The feature on the origin of geothermal energy is available in Icelandic, English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese!
Ljosafossvirkjun Power Station
Ljosafossvirkjun is a hydro-electric Power Station in the river Sogid, in South Iceland. The river’s source is Thingvallavatn Lake, the largest lake in Iceland.
This Power Station is the oldest one along Sogid river, there are three. Ljosafossvirkjun was built in the 1930’s and started producing electricity in 1937.
At the station is a nice exhibition about hydro-electricity , where the fundamentals of electricity are explained through simple, entertaining and amazing experiments. Some of these historically led to the many significant steps man has taken in successfully harnessing this energy source.
Svartsengi Power Plant
A little north of Grindavik, a small fishing town in Reykjanes peninsula, is the Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant. The Power Plant was built in 1976.
What makes a visit to Svartsengi exhibition interesting is the fact that it is the Power Plant that inadvertently created the Blue Lagoon.
You can also learn the exhibition about the first renewable methanol plant, Carbon Recycling International, which is a by-product of the power plant.
Exploring Power Plants in Iceland
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