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Hellisheiði Geothermal Plant: Exhibition with Audio Tour

1. Hellisheiði Geothermal Plant: Exhibition with Audio Tour

Discover how Iceland produces green, sustainable energy at the Hellisheiði Geothermal Energy Exhibition in Selfoss. This self-guided tour will allow you to see the front lines of Iceland‘s work toward environmental sustainability and the history of geothermal energy in the country. Your experience begins at the Hellisheiði Power Plant, located roughly 20 minutes outside of Reykjavík. The power plant is located beneath Mount Hengill and is surrounded by lava fields, moss, and scenic mountain landscapes. Start your self-guided tour by making your way through the interactive exhibition with commentary from your informative audio guide. Experience first-hand how green, sustainable energy is produced at the largest single-site geothermal power plant in the world. Included in your tour is a stop in the Carbfix room, where you will learn about the plant‘s partnership with Carbfix. Carbfix is one of the leading solutions for the climate crisis and global warming. Throughout your visit, take advantage of the viewing platforms inside the exhibition that let you get an even better look at the beautiful Icelandic nature. You are also welcome to ask the on-site staff any questions you might have during your tour.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Geothermal Energy Tour

2. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Geothermal Energy Tour

Develop an understanding of the Icelandic way of life and sustainable living on this guided tour. See some of the country's most iconic sights as you visit highlights of the Golden Circle, a route that loops from Reykjavik through the countryside as well as places related to green living.The tour will begin by heading from Reykjavik to Hellisheiðarvirkjun, The Geothermal Energy Exhibition. This exhibition is located at the Hellisheiði geothermal power plant where visitors can learn about how Icelanders have been using geothermal energy for hundreds of years.The next stop is at Ljósafossvirkjun, a hydro-based power plant. This is a perfect spot for photos of water running down with tremendous force.Then you'll be heading down to Sólheimar Eco Village where you'll be getting a very insightful lecture about sustainable development in Iceland. Afterward, you'll have some time to walk around the area as well as visit a greenhouse.After spending the first part of a day learning and understanding Icelandic sustainable living we'll be heading towards the most iconic Golden Circle's "must-sees" - visiting the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall. Check out the geyser Strokkur located in the Geysir area, with shoots of boiling water rising between 66 to 131 feet high. Last but not least, pay a visit to Thingvellir National Park, the home of the first Icelandic parliament.

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4.4 / 5

based on 114 reviews

My wife and I are very interested in alternative energy and both have a technical background in math and engineering and so touring this plant was quite enjoyable. However, for the average tourist a guide who conducts the tour might help make the experience more relevant and relatable. There are a lot of technical details presented with very long audio presentations. Make sure to walk out on the balcony and also go into the two side rooms that provide a view of the turbines. I wish we had taken a few minutes to walk around the outside. Be wary of very large tour groups suddenly arriving as that can ruin the experience.

A super interesting way to understand Iceland and part of its history better. The exhibits are well done and engaging, and the downloadable audio tour is a nice compliment. We enjoyed that part afterwards.

Very interesting and hopefully a look into the future. It fit pretty crowded when the tour bus arrived but they didn't stay long.

Welcoming staff. Very informative and interesting exhibition.