Visit to West Iceland

The GEOFOOD team visited potential sites in West Iceland and related tourist attractions in the area. The team visited the the hot springs Deildartunguhver and Kleppjarnsreykjahver in the upper Borgarfjordur area in West-Iceland. This is the largest low-temperature geothermal region in Iceland with a total natural discharge equivalent to about 450 litres per second of boiling water. Deildartunguhver is the biggest hot spring in Europe, it pumps out 180 litres each second of 97°C water. The water runs via two pipelines to heat the two towns Borgarnes and Akranes, 34 km and 64 km away, respectively. The team also visited the Reykholt historical centre, the waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafossar and Husafell. Moreover, aquaculture and greenhouse sites in the area were inspected.