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Ljósafoss hydropower station went on-line in 1937 and harnesses the river Sog in Grímsnes in South-Iceland. It was harnessed to provide Reykjavík with electricity. Along the river Sog there are 3 hydropower stations, Írafoss, Ljósafoss and Steingrímsstöđ hydropower-stations (see my photos of these stations) and they are among the oldest hydropower-stations in Iceland. They were renovated in 1999, i.e. the structure and equipment, and are believed to be able to operate for decades to come.
After the renovation Ljósafoss station put up an exhibition and educational facility and welcomes visitors during the summer time and admission is free. Ljósafoss station is open from June to August, Monday to Friday 13-17 and Saturday and Sunday 13-18. Do pay them a visit while driving in this area.
On an average 20 people are working in these 3 stations.
As you drive along road 36 the first station you will notice is Írafoss station, then immediately after that is Ljósafoss station and Steingrímsstöđ station is a bit further ahead closer to Ţingvellir national park. All of these stations can be seen from the road.
To scare children and get them to stay away from the station there is a tale of Stíflugjóli, who captures the children if they venture too close to the station.
There is a nice swimming-pool, Ljósafosslaug, very close to the hydropower station. Worth a visit. We used to go there a lot when we were younger and the summer houses in the vicinity didn't have a bath or running water. Times have changed ;)
Address: Ljósafossstöđ, 801 Selfoss, South-Iceland
Directions: Coming from Reykjavík on ring-road 1 turn left on road 35 before you reach Selfoss and left again on road 36 which then takes you to Ţingvellir national park. Ljósafoss station is on your left hand side.
Phone: 354 4802600
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