This power plant is situated at the foot of Mt. Hengill, an active volcanic ridge in SW Iceland. The plant’s purpose is to meet increasing demand for electricity and hot water for space heating in the industrial and domestic sectors. Current production capacity is 213 MW (february 2009). Estimated production capacity for the completed Hellisheiði Plant is 300 MW electricity and 400 MW thermal energy.
The main road around the country (#1), which connects the capital area with the southern part of the country, lies across the mountain road Hellisheidi. The ancient route, which is still very prominent because of the cairns, the lava hut (1830) and the deep grooves worn into the lava by feet of domestic animals and people travelling trough. The present road was opened for traffic in 1972.
The Hellisheiði Power Plant Visitor Center is open every day from 09:00-17:00.