Frequently asked questions
Where is the Geothermal Exhibition located?
The Geothermal Exhibition is located in the Hellisheiði power plant by Mount Hengill, about 25 km east of Reykjavík.
When is it open?
The Exhibition is open Monday-Friday from 09:00-17:00 and 09:00-17:00 Saturday-Sunday.
How much does a visit to the Exhibition cost?
Please take a look at our packages on our home page www.geothermalexhibition.com for detailed information on available individual and group offers.
Is the Exhibition accessible for the disabled?
Why yes it is. All parts of the Exhibition are readily wheelchair accessible.
What will I see in the Exhibition?
The exhibition consists of wall displays, various informational videos as well as multimedia interactive touchscreens. It is possible to see two of the turbine halls from viewing platforms offering a comprehensive viewpoint of the electric production. The balconies make for a great outside view of the surroundings and operations area. The photography exhibit, in addition to the Rocks and Minerals collection, provide a unique glimpse into the unforgiving reality of Iceland’s geothermal and volcanic activity.
What is the target audience of the Exhibition? Is it primarily designed for geology- and engineering nerds?
No – although technologically inclined persons will find plenty to marvel over, the Exhibition is also designed to accommodate the casually interested, and if you aren’t that interested when you walk in, you probably will be by the time you walk out. Each year we also welcome school groups from all over the globe and provide an educational presentation after which the kids are free to explore the Exhibition – the earthquake sound simulator is a particular favourite with these groups.
How do I get there?
By car, drive Highway 1 - southbound - for about 25 kilometres from downtown Reykjavík. We have plenty of free parking spaces right in front of the main entrance! Several tourist agencies offer daily bus trips from Reykjavík to the power plant as part of the „golden circle“ or the south coast tours.
Do I have to book a guided tour in advance?
Yes and No. Between the hours 9:00-11:00 and 15:00– 7:00 it is advisable for groups of 10 people or more to book a guided tour to ensure that one of our tour guides will be available when the group arrives.
What is the average duration of the tours?
The tours can take anywhere from 20-30 minutes depending on the interest of the group involved and the number of questions asked during the tour. The short films, rocks & minerals collection and photographic art exhibition can then be explored at one’s own pace.
What if I get hungry or thirsty in the Exhibition?
Café Energy, located at the Exhibition, offers a variety of beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and an assortment of traditional Icelandic pastries. Potato chips and chocolate are also available.
What is that funky smell?
That’s just the H2S (hydrogen sulfide) that smells like rotten eggs (just like your hot shower in Reykjavík). It is one of those things in life that are deadly in large, concentrated quantities but can actually be quite good for you in small doses!
What is all this white smoke? Is that air pollution?
No! That is, in fact, 99, 63% pure steam (H2O).