Iceland is hot – both as a tourist destination, and underground, where all the geothermal action is. Iceland sits on the geologically active Mid-Atlantic Ridge (where the North American continental plate pulls away from the Eurasian continental plate), and since the beginning of its history has seen more than its fair share of crazy volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. The upside of all this geothermal activity shaking up Iceland is a cheap, efficient and clean energy source for its inhabitants.

87% of Icelandic houses are heated geothermally, and 17% of Iceland’s electricity comes from Geothermal Power. The fact that Reykjavik gets much of its power from geothermal sources is immediately apparent. As many of the postcards and brochures I’ve picked up attest to, Reykjavik “is the most unpolluted capital in Europe.” It’s true what the postcards say – the city is absolutely pristine. The air is crystal clear. This may have more to do with the small population and fierce winds that sweep over the island, blowing pollution out to sea – but the geothermal power can’t be discounted either.

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