The first stop is electrifying Hellisheidarvirkjun, where the Geothermal Power Plant generates over 300 megawatts of power. The electricity is all produced from geothermal steam rising up from vents in the ground. Located close to highway 1, the plant began operating in 2006, continually increasing in productivity every year since then.
Our stop at the power plant lasts for about 40 minutes and you can find more detailed information about the facility here.
There are many boreholes in the area. To reach the steam, deep in the ground, it is necessary to drill boreholes. At Hellisheidi we will stop and inspect one of 50 such excavations. They range from 1,000 - 2,200 meters and have been constructed to boost power production. The last phase (the 5th), added 2 x 45 MWe and went online in 2011.