Shore Excursion Details

Go Green- Go Green on the Golden Cricle

Reykjavik, Iceland

Go Green- Go Green on the Golden Cricle


  • 9
    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Meal

Discover how renewable energies are harnessed along the Golden Circle, one of the most extraordinarily scenic roads in Iceland. At the massive Hellisheiði power plant, you will see how volcanic geothermal energy is used to supply all but a fraction of Reykjavik’s power. You will also gain an understanding of how waste CO2 from the steam is stored underground to prevent it from escaping back into the atmosphere. Following lunch you will continue for an enlightening tour of the Brúarvirkjun hydroelectric plant will reveal how it supplies sustainable energy by capturing the power of the Tungufljót River. A hydroelectric plant was proposed at the glorious Gullfoss waterfall, as well, until an environmentalist stepped in. You will be awed by its pristine natural beauty and that of the Pingvellir National Park. Still, Iceland is committed to alternative power sources, especially using geothermal energy to heat greenhouses. You will see the force of that power at Geysir, where columns of boiling water spew high into the air.


  • Drive along the Golden Circle, one of the most picturesque roads in all of Iceland.
  • View two power plants—one of them geothermal, the other hydroelectric.
  • Learn how waste CO2 can be safely stored underground for millions of years.
  • Watch columns of geothermally heated water spew into the air at Geysir.
  • Visit two pristine natural attractions—Gullfoss waterfall and Pingvellir National Park.


  • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour includes approximately 5 hours of easy walking / standing over graveled, wooden paths and uneven surfaces. It is therefore not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. There is an elevator inside the power plant.

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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