One of the main reasons that I love Iceland so much is for its otherworldly landscape. Exploring this Nordic island is like visiting another planet or witnessing the beginnings of life. The geothermal activity is what fascinates me the most, with volcanoes, geysers, natural hot springs and lava fields interspersed amongst massive glaciers. Here, it’s easy to forget that there is any other meaning to what we do, other than existing.
Geothermal power facilities currently generate around 25-30% of the total electricity used in Iceland. This geothermal electricity is used to power greenhouses where fresh vegetables are grown, for fish farming and other forms of industry. Hot geothermal water is also used to heat homes all around the country. If that’s not already impressive, around 99% of Iceland’s electricity is produced from renewable sources.
Geothermal water is a powerful source of renewable energy which can be used in place of fossil fuels to really make a difference for the future of our planet.