Photographer's Note

It's a shame internet can't convey smells, you could have appreciated the delicious sulfur smells from Deildartunguhver hot spring ... But as long as technology didn't achieve to convey smells, you will have to make with those strange siklhouettes emerging from the steam and imagine the rest, the smells and the heat !

We are at Deildartunguhver hot spring north east of Borgarnes. It is said to be the most important in the world by its volume. It has a 180 liters / second output of 100°C hot water. The water may come from 1,000 years rainfalls on the plateau over the Borgarfjördur valley. The water was then warmed by hot stones in the subsoil of this active volcanic area. The hot spring is used for domestic heating from 1925, more extensivelly from 1978. Between 1979 and 1981 a 74 kilometres long pipes network was built to supply the cities of Borgarnes, Akranes and Hvanneyri with the hot water of Deildartunguhver hot spring. It takes about one day to the water to arrive to Akranes and it losts about 20°C on its way. When arrived in houses, the water has a temperature of 77°C in Borgarnes, 73°C in Akranes and 65°C in the countryside around. This is a nice example of how Iceland uses renewable energy !

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