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The environment is an important economic resource for harnessing energy from natural resources and the development of tourism. Prudence and responsibility are essential factors in minimising the disruption inevitably caused by both industries.

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Many of the most frequented tourist destinations in the country are based on the by-products of energy generation, including the Mývatn Nature Baths.

The number of visitors to Landsvirkjun's Visitor Centres increases every year. Iceland is rich in renewable energy and almost all of its energy is sourced from natural resources, placing the country at the forefront of the field. Iceland’s success in energy matters has attracted a great deal of interest and it could be said that clean and renewable energy is an integral part of Iceland’s image.

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Visitor centres popular tourist destinations

Landsvirkjun received over 30,000 people at its visitor centres this year and interest is growing every year. The visitor centres are located at the Búrfell Hydropower station and the Krafla Geothermal Power Station and guests are also offered a guided tour of the Kárahnjúkar Dam. Landsvirkjun has enjoyed successful cooperation with tourism industry representatives.

The new interactive energy exhibition “Powering the Future” was opened at the new visitor centre at the Ljósafoss Hydropower Station to commemorate Landsvirkjun’s 50th anniversary. The exhibition offers guests the chance to familiarise themselves with the history of electricity, scientific discoveries and renewable energy through play and experience. The visitor centres provide insight into the Company’s energy generation methods and how the power of nature is used to power everything from stoves to large smelters.

More information on visitor centres and the interactive energy exhibition “Powering the Future”

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Interactive Exhibition at the Ljósafoss Hydropower Station

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The new energy exhibition “Powering the Future” was opened at the Ljósafoss Hydropower Station to commemorate Landsvirkjun’s 50 th anniversary. The interactive exhibition was designed by Gagarín Ltd, Tvíhorf architects and places an emphasis on play and experience where the nature and characteristics of electricity are shown in multiple forms and guests are led through the world of electricity in new and creative ways. Guests are also introduced to the renewable and sustainable energy generation methods used by Landsvirkjun and their importance in the context of sustainability and feasibility at the worldwide level.

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Improved access to nature

The cooperation between the energy industry and tourism industry has been successful. Improved access to the highlands can largely be attributed to the development of power stations in these areas. Construction projects connected with energy generation and the development of power stations, such as road construction, have contributed to creating new opportunities for tourism.

Successful cooperation with the tourism industry at Þeistareykir

The road construction project at Þeistareykir is a good example of this as the now completed road (Þeistareykjavegur) runs from Húsavík and up to Þeistareykir, offering improved access to the natural wonders in the area. Tourist traffic has already increased substantially in these areas. Landsvirkjun held a successful open consultative meeting with tourism industry representative in the northeast (Ýdölum) at the beginning of the year.