Iceland’s subterranean energy is revealed from the air as we tour across Iceland’s volcanic landscape. Our journey takes us over geothermal pools, power plants, lava fields and craters, including a brief stop where we can witness the raw, primeval energy rising up from the earth beneath us.
We will fly over the Hengill central volcano which is not far from the capital area, to the south of Thingvellir. This volcano covers an area of about 100 km². It is still active, as evidenced by the numerous hot springs and fumaroles, however, the last eruption occurred approximately 2000 years ago.
We will stop to enjoy the hot springs in this area first hand. These are calcium rich solfatara with a remarkably high ratio of unknown bacterial species and genera in them.
This volcano is an important source of energy for the south of the country, which is harnessed at the Nesjavellir and the Hellisheidi power stations, some 11 km south of it. Both power stations are operated by Orkuveita Reykjavíkur (Reykjavik Energy) where groundwater is heated and distributed to the district.
Geothermal, high-pressure steam is also used to produce electricity.
Finally, our tour flight concludes when we fly over beautiful Reykjavik with its colourful houses giving us a great aerial overview of the city.