Green Iceland - Renewable Energy Tour in a Mini-bus - Geothermal and Hydro Power

Green Iceland & The Secret Lagoon - EI09

Renewable energy tour + Bathe in a geothermal pool

Hellisheidarvirkjun Power Station

Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Station

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to bathe in a natural geothermal pool? On this tour departing from Reykjavik you’ll get to find out. With a focus on renewable energy and green power, we travel Iceland to experience sustainable living Viking style. Hot springs, greenhouses, and visits to a geothermal power plant, local farm, hydro plant are just some of the exciting stop-offs on this green energy tour.

Price: Get offer

Duration: ~9 hours

Difficulty: 1/5 (easy)

Map: Click here

Pick up: 09:00-09:30

Group maximum: 18 persons

Available:Upon request

Operated in a mini-bus: Small groups

Groups: This tour is available as a private tour all year round.

Included: Hotel pick up & drop off in Reykjavik, transportation in a mini-bus, English speaking guide and all entrance fees.

Not included: Lunch (we stop at a local restaurant/diner)

Bring with you: Bathing suit, towel, warm clothes, sturdy shoes.

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Tour Description

After picking you up from your hotel in Reykjavik, we begin the drive South along route 1. We will pass some lakes and rivers as we head out of town through the park area of Heiðmörk. The drive to our first destination should take around 20 minutes after pickup is finished.

Hellisheidarvirkjun Geothermal Power Plant

First stop is electrifying Hellisheidarvirkjun, where the Geothermal Power Plant generates over 300 megawatts of power. The electricity is all produced from geothermal steam rising up from vents in the ground. Located close to highway 1, the plant began operating in 2006, continually increasing in productivity every year since then.

Our stop at the power plant lasts for about 40 minutes and you can find more detailed information about the facility here.

There are many boreholes in the area. To reach the steam, deep in the ground, it is necessary to drill boreholes. At Hellisheidi we will stop and inspect one of 50 such excavations. They range from 1,000 - 2,200 metres and have been constructed to boost power production. The last phase (the 5th), added 2 x 45 MWe and went online in 2011.

Borehole at Hellisheidi iceland

One of the boreholes at Hellisheidi Geothermal Area

Ljósafoss Power Station

We will visit the oldest power station on the river Sog. Ljósafoss Power Station began operating in 1937 with two turbine units and a combined output of 8.8 MW. A third turbine installed in 1944 adding a further 6.5 MW to the station’s output. The facility takes it’s name from the nearby waterfall Ljósafoss, which appropriately means “Light Falls.” Our visit will include a tour of the establishment, affording a good excuse to inspect the impressive vintage turbine equipment closely. You are also free ask any questions you may have relating to the plant’s operation. The lakes of Úlfljótsvatn and Thingvallavatn are in the immediate surroundings, offering a picturesque setting for this enlightening stop.

The dam at Ljosafoss Power Station

The hydro turbines at Ljosafoss Power Station

Fontana - Lunch & Hot Springs

Next stop Fontana, next to Lake Laugavatn. Here we will stop for lunch. You can choose from many different courses, and locally produced delicacies. Trout, geothermally baked rye bread, vegetables from an Icelandic greenhouse, sandwiches and much more. Also we will go up to the roof and enjoy the magnificent view of the mountains, lakes and steam from the hot springs. We will also take a short walk around the hot springs in the area. Three hot springs are within walking distance from each other and they all vary in heat and size.

Efstidalur Family Farm - Local ice-cream

We all scream for ice cream, and there’s no ice more worthy of your screams than the shockingly delicious frozen treats produced at the charming Efstidalur family farm. We’ll stop here so you can appreciate the flavours available at the ice cream barn, you will not be disappointed. The ice cream store is inside a barn. You can watch the cows, who produced the milk for the ice cream, through the windows that separate the store from the barn.

Ice cream stop at Efstidalur Family Farm

Ice cream stop at Efstidalur Family Farm

Geothermal Borehole - Sydri Reykir

We drive past a farm called Sydri Reykir, there we‘ll see another borehole and a hot river runs from it. Geothermal power in all its glory.

The Secret Lagoon - Geothermal Pool

Here you get the chance to bathe in a natural geothermal pool. The water is around 38 - 40 degrees Celcus, all year round. Which is a similar temperature as a hot-tub. The pools natural surroundings and steam rising into the air gives the place a magical feeling. Bathing here is of course optional, and for those who do not want to dip into the water, it is possible to walk around the area, visit the bar or eat packed lunch. We stop here for around one hour.

Volcanic crater Kerid

Finally we go to Kerið, a volcanic crater lake located in Grímsnes municipality. First thought to be formed by a huge volcanic explosion (as is usual for volcanic craters), research now tells us Kerið was more likely a cone volcano which erupted and emptied its magma reserve. The cone then collapsed into the magma chamber exposing the strong coloured red volcanic rock which now contains the lake. Part of the crater is covered in green moss, and the contrast is quite magnificent.

secret lagoon iceland

The Secret Lagoon - Geothermal pool

secret lagoon geothermal area

The geothermal area around the Secret Lagoon

Hellisheidarvirkjun Power Station

Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Station

Borehole at Hellisheidi iceland

One of the boreholes at Hellisheidi Geothermal Area

The turbines at Ljosafoss Power Station

The hydro turbines at Ljosafoss Power Station

Ljosafoss Power Station, exterior

Ljosafoss Power Station, exterior

Ice cream stop at Efstidalur Family Farm

Ice cream stop at Efstidalur Family Farm

Kerid crater

Kerid crater, thought to be a former cone volcano

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