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The City of Reykjavík won the Nordic Nature and Environment Prize 2014 and the city is now in fifth place of 20 Nordic cities in the Scandinavian Destination Sustainability Index. The city is the world´s most sustainable city in the world.
Over 99% of electricity production and almost 80% of total energy production in Iceland comes from hydropower and geothermal power making meeting buildings quite naturally eco-friendly. No other nation uses such a high proportion of renewable energy resources. The Icelandic government has stated an objective of making Iceland the first nation to use only renewable energy for its power in the near future according to the Icelandic National Strategy for sustainable development. Reykjavik is a global centre for renewable energy research, as universities, government departments, public and private companies all contribute.
President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and the people of Iceland were presented with the first-ever Atkinson Center Award for Global Leadership in Sustainable Development for promoting the use of renewable energy while reducing its own reliance on fossil fuels.
BENEFITS OF GEOTHERMAL ENERGYThe world’s largest geothermal heating system is located in the Icelandic capital. It has been growing and improving since it opened in 1930. 90% of the housing in Iceland is geothermally heated, 9% with electricity and 1% with oil. This means that all venues and accommodations are naturally sustainable and comfortably warm, even during the coldest winter days. For half a century emission of greenhouse gases in Reykjavík have been systematically reduced and residents have found use for the surplus water using the 20°-40°C water that has already heated their homes to keep ice from forming on their driveways and pavements.
A considerable number of the vegetables and fruits consumed by Icelanders are grown in greenhouses heated geo-thermally and illuminated by hydro-electricity. There is even a banana plantation in Iceland, one of the largest in Europe. Icelandic farmers take pride in their environmentally-friendly growing methods. Bees are imported to fertilize the plants, as are insects that help to limit the number of parasites that might risk causing damage. It’s no wonder Icelandic vegetables are so rich in flavour and colour.
There is a Geothermal beach, Nautholsvik, in Reykjavik. Golden beach sand was imported and big seawalls were build which form a lagoon where the cold sea and hot geothermal water fuse together. Sea bathing is getting increasingly popular and Nautholsvik is the perfect spot where you can warm up in a large hot tub after a swim in the Atlantic Ocean. Our swimmingpools are thermal pools and are popular for health benefits and gossiping in the hot tubs.
PURE WATERThe tap water is famous for being pure and untainted with chemicals and minerals. This, of course, reflects the innovative and refined culinary scene, not to mention our beer breweries that have won international awards. Iceland is in fact starting to develop as a foodie destination.
ALTERNATIVE FUELIcelanders are are constantly exploring alternative fuel and electric cars. Methane, hydrogen and electric cars are in use by a number of civil services within the city and the municipal government intends to increase the number of these types of vehicles further.
MANY OF OUR ASSOCIATED PARTNERS FOLLOW ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIESSince opening its doors in May 2011, the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is believed to be one of the most eco-friendly conference centre in the world. The building was designed to use mostly natural light through its glass façade, which covers three of the four sides of the building and results in significant reduction in power consumption.
Hilton Hotel Nordica and Icelandair Reykjavík Natura and Icelandair Reykjavík Marina have been certified with ISO14001 environmental management system. Grand Hotel Reykjavik conforms with the Nordic Ecolabelling criteria for hotels as well as offering certified organic products, at the breakfast buffet and in meeting packages for conferences and groups.
Icelandair has adopted an environmental policy.The goal of their policy is to minimize Icelandair’s total environmental impact and to establish sustainable practices by optimizing the use of the resources.
Thermal water has boundless health benefits. Sore joints, swollen muscles and stiff limbs are soothed in warm thermal pools. Every community in Iceland has easy access to warm geothermal swimming pools and many hotels have their own SPA and hot tubs. Eighteen thermal swimming pools and numerous luxurious spas in the Reykjavík capital area are open throughout the year.
Additionally, the now world famous Blue Lagoon has taken the unique healing properties of the water and certain minerals to a whole new level. It’s a memorable place where stunning nature nourishes the mind while algae and minerals in the water benefit your skin.
NAUTHOLSVIK, GEOTHERMAL BEACH WINTERTIME
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