REYKJAVIK –  HELLISHEIÐARVIRKJUN – LAVA CENTER – REYKJAVIK

When people land at the international airport in Keflavik, they seldom realize that they are in fact landing on a live volcano.  How is it possible that a small nation of 340.000 people is living on this volcanic rock (103.000 km2 (40,000 sq mi))  in the middle of the Atlantic ocean?  Well, truth be told, our ancestors from Norway did not have any experience or prior knowledge that this beautiful island was in fact volcanic.  In the years after the biggest lava eruption on earth in historical times, June 8.th 1783 Lakagigar, where 1/5 of the nation and most of the livestock died it was actually considered to move the rest to Denmark.  We are still here, more stubborn then ever.

Come with us on a journey to explore and understand how today we utilize geothermal energy to make our lives better.  Let’s try to understand why we are still living here, among all the volcanoes and with the weather as it is.

We drive from Reykjavik towards Hengill, an volcanic center which is about 100km in length and 15km in width.  Hengill has two magma chambers.  There are about 2.000 years since the last eruption in the Hengill area. There is a lot of heat in the ground in and near Hengill. In the years from 1994-1999 there were about 25.000 earthquakes in the volcanic center of Hengill, up to 5 on Richter scale. The area is highly active and its close to our country’s capital and highway 1 and also two large powerplants that are vital to Reykjavik.

Our first stop is at Hellisheidarvirkjun.  We will have a guided tour.  After this, we continue to the small town of Hveragerdi where we will find the Stone- and mineral museum.  After a short stop at the museum we continue towards the Lava Centre at Hvolsvollur, where we will experience an interactive high-tech exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years.

 

Duration: 6 hours.
Included: Pick-up and drop-off in the capital area.
Not included: Food, beverages and entrance fees, unless specified.
Attention: Prices are per vehicle, not per person. When booking for 1-3 passengers you select 1 in “Transfer 1-3 persons (per vehicle)” but if you want two vehicles you select 2. Same applies when booking for 4-8 passengers.

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