Where to: East Iceland
Duration approx.: 13 hours
Price per person: TBA
Kárahnjúkar Hydro Power Plant
Travel by bus via Fljótsdalur Valley towards Kárahnjúkar Hydro Power Plant.
We will travel from Egilsstaðir through Fljótsdalur up to Kárahnjúkur, otherwise known as the Fljótsdalur Power Station. This is a 690 MW hydroelectric power station in the Icelandic highlands north of the Vatnajökull glacier, which mostly supplies energy to the Alcoa aluminium plant in Reydarfjördur. It is powered by the glacial rivers of Vatnajökull: Jökulsá á Dal, Jökulsá í Fljótsdal, Kelduá and three of its tributaries. The dam is the biggest human structure ever built in Iceland and among the largest of its kind in the world.
Travel to the town of Reyðarfjörður where guests are welcomed with an introduction to the Alcoa Aluminum Smelter. Alcoa is a global leader in lightweight metals engineering and manufacturing, innovating multi-material solutions. The company has a vast knowledge and experience of mining Bauxite. Over 9,500 tons of aluminum are produced daily by Alcoa and it is utilized in all sorts of production industries, such as food packaging, building materials and vehicles – from automobiles to space rockets.
Other places of interest: Skriðuklaustur, Hengifoss and Norðfjarðargöng.