Reykjavik and Hveragerdi: Hot Springs Capital of the World
In Reykjavik, geothermal power is all around you. Veitur Utilities, Reykjavik Energy’s subsidiary, operates the world’s largest geothermal district heating system in the capital area. In 2016, it delivered over 80 million cubic meters of hot water from low and high temperature areas to its customers. About 10% of the hot water consumed in Reykjavik is actually produced within the capital area, but the system is not particularly visible. Many of the boreholes are even located next to some of Reykjavik’s busiest streets. The Bolholt borehole and pumping station is one of them.
Hveragerði is located 45 kilometers east of Reykjavik and has around 2,300 inhabitants. Veitur Utilities operate a district heating system in the town which was built on top of a hot geothermal field. Pillars of steam from the numerous hot springs in the town, may be seen rising out of the ground and the town has been called the hot spring capital of Iceland. The existence of hot springs is what originally caused people to settle in Hveragerdi.
13:30 Departure from Harpa Conference and Music Hall.
13:40 Short introduction to Reykjavik District Heating System.
14:40 Arrival in Hveragerði – greeted by the locals at the Geothermal Park, guided tour, geothermal egg boiling and bread tasting.
15:30 Agricultural University of Iceland – guided tour and visit to greenhouses
15:30 Hveragerði Public Swimming Pool – a dip into a swimming pool heated with geothermal water (please bring your swimsuit and a towel).
16:45 The NLFÍ Health and Rehabilitation Clinic – short introduction.
17:25 Departure from Hveragerði back to Harpa.
Geothermal Park with Geothermal Bread
There are not many towns in the world with hot springs literally in people’s back gardens. The Geothermal Park is located centrally and there are several very active hot springs
which can be seen, that throw colourful mud and clear water into the air. The locals bake their famous black bread using the hot ground in the park as an oven and eggs can be boiled in the hot springs, to enjoy with the bread later. The swimming pool, which for years was the largest pool in Iceland, can be viewed from the street.
Agricultural University of Iceland or Hvergerdi Public Swimming Pool
Participants can choose between a visit to the Agricultural University of Iceland or a dip in Hveragerdi’s public swimming pool. The geothermal surroundings in Hveragerdi provide an endless supply of heat and energy. Some of which is used in the greenhouses at the Agricultural University of Iceland– where you can find anything from the Icelandic birch to tropical banana trees. The geothermal water is also utilized in Hveragerdi’s open-air swimming pool in Laugaskard. Situated in a lovely setting with hot baths, whirlpools and a natural sauna built directly over a hot spring.
The NLFI Health and Rehabilitation Clinic
The NLFI Clinic specializes in medical rehabilitation based on holistic treatment of diseases and injuries. Its professionals use geothermal mud as part of the treatment and herbal baths using local herbs and flowers. The clinic was founded in 1955 by an Icelandic medical doctor and a pioneer in naturopathic medicine.
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