Golden Circle Day tour, Geothermal Theme

Pick up time: 
09:00 am from your hotel
Duration: 
8-9 hours
Difficulty: 
Easy
Flexible cancellation

Experience Golden Circle together with Geothermal education, Horticulture Tomato farm, Geysir Hot Spring and bath in geothermal natural pool. We have an option to choose either Fontana Geothermal Bath or Secret Lagoon in Flúðir

With minor adjustments to the classic Golden Circle tour, then we can concentrate on Geothermal Energy and learn more about this interesting energy source in Iceland.  And at the same time experiencing the impressive natural attractions inside the “Golden circle”.

Geothermal Energy has been used in areas with obvious surface manifestations of activity close to tectonic boundaries in the world. Due to the location of Iceland in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, then the country has an abundance of geothermal energy, which can be seen and witnessed during the Golden Circle tour.  We have the option to visit the newest geothermal power plant in Hellisheidi and learn how it works. We will see “Direct use” of geothermal in the area means space and district heating (used to heat up our geothermal swimming pools), greenhouse heating and aquaculture. We will therefore see how the geothermal energy is used in horticultural activity, and we will bath and swim (unless not wanted) in geothermal pools.  Geothermal surface features, the famous hot spring area Geysir will be visited where we will see the bubbling geothermal hot springs and Strokkur who spouts water 30 meters (100ft) into the air every 5 to 10-minute interval.

The tour ends at the historic site Thingvellir national park, where we will wrap up the understanding of the geothermal activity in Iceland.  Here you can see how the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, but they are very much visible in Thingvellir.  You will clearly see how the mid-Atlantic rift is drifting apart at the rate of 2 centimeters every year.

Even though Icelanders claim to be a pioneer in utilizing geothermal for space heating, then historically this can be dated back to the first century in the city of Pompeii in Italy.  Our historic writer, politician and poet, Snorri Sturluson used geothermal bath in the 13th century, and it is claimed that he also used the hot water to heat up his turf house.  Then the French people in the city of Chaudes-Aigues installed a district heating system in the 14th Century.  Geothermal is an enormously interesting option which you will learn a lot about on this tour.

It can be stated that Icelanders are pioneers utilizing geothermal energy for space heating and bathing in hot natural pools and swimming pools.

What is “geothermal energy”?

Read more about geothermal energy HERE

Below you see photos of geothermal power plants. In this Golden Circle tour we will have a view (or visit) to either Hellisheidi power plant (303 MWe and 200 MWth) or Nesjavallir power plant (120 MWe and 300 MWth)

Tour location shown on a map





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