Reykjavík and Hveragerdi: Hot Springs Capital of the World

    Reykjavík

    In Reykjavík geothermal power is all around you. Veitur Utlilities, Reykjavik Energy’s subsidiary, operates the world’s largest geothermal district heating system in the capital area. In 2016, it conducted over 80 million cubic meters of hot water from low and high temperature areas to customers.

    About 10% of the hot water consumed in Reykjavík is actually produced within the city but the system it is not particularly visible. Many of the boreholes are even located next to some of Reykjavík’s busiest streets. Bolholt borehole and pumping station is one of them.

    Hveragerdi

    Hveragerði is located 45 kilometres east from Reykjavík and has around 2.300 inhabitants. Veitur Utilities operate a district heating system in the town which is built on a hot geothermal field. Pillars of steam from the numerous hot springs in the town may be seen rising up out of the ground and the town has been called the hot spring capital of Iceland. The existence of hot springs led people to settle in Hveragerði.

    The natural hot water could be used for space heating, for cooking, baking, laundry and led to the development of jobs. In 1930 the first greenhouse was built, marking the beginning of greenhouse horticulture in this region. Horticulture became a key sector of the local economy.

    Geothermal Park with Geothermal Bread

    There are not many towns in the world with hot springs literally in people’s back yards. The Geothermal Park is centrally located and several very active hot springs can be seen that throw colorful mud and clear water in the air.  The locals bake bread their famous black bread using the hot ground in the park as oven and eggs can be boiled in the hots springs, to enjoy with the bread later.

    Agricultural University of Iceland or Hveragerði public swimming pool

    Participants can choose between a visit to the Agricultural University of Iceland and a dip into Hveragerði’s public swimming pool.

    The geothermal surroundings in Hveragerði provides endless supply of heat and energy. Some is used for 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 Hveragerði´s open air swimming pool in Laugaskarð. Situated in a lovely setting with hot baths, whirlpools and a natural sauna built directly over a hot spring.

    The NLFÍ Health and Rehabilitation Clinic

    The NLFI Clinic specializes in medical rehabilitation based on holistic treatment of diseases and injuries. It‘s professionals use geothermal mud as a part of the treatment and herbal baths with local herbs and flowers. The clinic was founded in 1955 by an Icelandic medical doctor and a pioneer in naturopathic medicine.

    Wednesday April 25   
    13:30 – 18:00

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