Located in the southwestern part of Iceland, Nesjavellir geothermal plant is the second-largest geothermal power station in the country. In a second, this plant produces over 120 MW of electrical power and around 1,110 liters of hot water.
Location: Tryggvagata 34, 805 Selfoss, Iceland
This geothermal plant is only a short drive away from the Hengill geothermal area. It is located in Nesjavellir which is a natural geothermal area near the Hengill volcano. Serving the Greater Reykjavik Area, this power plant is all about sustainability. The geothermal energy generated from this power station is used to provide homes in Iceland with hot water in the most sustainable manner. While you are there, you may also notice how different the warm shower may smell. The Nesjavellir geothermal power station is located in the southwestern part of Iceland, which is also 177 m above sea level. Situated in the Hengill area, this power station sits on an active volcanic ridge.
From the capital city of Reykjavik, it takes about 45 minutes to get to this geothermal station. The drive to Nesjavellir geothermal power station is a scenic one and not to be missed. Start your journey to visit the power station on Route 49. As you head east from Reykjavik, you'll need to change your course and get on to Routes 1 and 431 as well. Along the route, you will also find a pipeline that carries hot water. As your drive along, you'll also find Thingvellir National Park and many other Golden Circle stops. Nesjavellir geothermal power station is about 28 miles away from Reykjavik and is easily accessible by road.
1947 is the year when the original plan of utilizing the area for generating geothermal power and water. There was a long testing phase, where several drillings and research were done. Once the research phase was completed, the cornerstone was laid in the year 1990 and the construction of the power station officially back in 1987. In 2005, the last 30 MWe turbine generator unit was commissioned at the power plant. From plant design to construction management, commissioning, and supervision, everything was managed by Mannvit and associate consultants, Verkís. Now, 120 MW of geothermal electrical power and around 1,110 liters of hot water.
For those who enjoy a good hiking challenge, Nesjavellir is a great spot. Go on a trek and cross the rugged mountain ridge. Atop, the view of the power station and the region is simply stunning. Although the plant itself is not open for visitors, with an expert travel guide you can learn a lot about the power station and geothermal energy.
As the Nesjavellir geothermal power plant is located along the Golden Circle, and you can stop by all the key attractions. Þingvellir National Park, Kerid Crater, Öxarárfoss, Reykjadalur Hot Spring Thermal River, Þingvallavatn and Þórufoss are all a short drive away from the geothermal power plant.