Every once in a while we have what’s called an ‘intern trip’, Which is basically for interns, but since we are only EVS-volunteers now it’s more of an EVS-trip
Usually it’s just the Golden Circle tour, but I tried to convince them to change it, because we have so many opportunities to do the Golden circle anyway, and I already did it with the last intern trip. It’s really close to Sólheimar and I’ve been to Geysir probably 6 or 7 times by now.. And it does get a bit boring after a while.
So this time (last Wednesday actually), instead of doing the Golden Circle, we went to a geothermal power plant, ice-cream factory and milk factory. I managed to convince them by saying milk and ice-cream is really a big part of Icelandic culture, so we should be educated on it :p
First we went to the Hellisheiðarvirkjun power plant near Hveragerdi, which produces 50% of the hot water of Reykjavik and electricity for some aluminium melters, and it is probably the biggest geothermal power plant in Iceland. It was really interesting, they show some educational movies and there’s also an exhibition on geothermal energy, and you can see the turbines etc. And visiting a geothermal power plant has been on my bucket list for a long time! (yes, I indeed managed to subject all the volunteers in Sólheimar to this visit just so that I could cross it from my bucket list )
So after that we went to Kjöríss, the biggest ice-cream factory in Iceland (it’s also in Hveragerdi). We couldn’t see the production line because of hygiene regulation, but we did get a coffee break with all you can eat ice-cream Fresh from production – it was SOOO good!!!! And then we also got a schnapps, although I don’t really see the connection with ice-cream there
In the end went to the MS factory in Selfoss. MS is by far the biggest milk/cheese/yoghurt/skyr/butter producer in Iceland, and their factory in Iceland is BIG. they took us trough the whole production and packaging line, and since I for some reason really like packaging machines it was a lot of fun :) They don’t make cheese in Selfoss, but I think we saw about every other product they make… I still didn’t find out how exactly they make skyr though… I’ll have to secretly infiltrate in the company for that. I also couldn’t take any pictures of the production line. Another reason to infiltrate…
Anyway, it was a super interesting day! And in the evening we also had our Sólheimar christmas dinner (yes, strange to do it on the 4th of december, isn’t it?). It was in Geysir, and they managed to give us the biggest meat buffet I have ever seen in my life. I think there were like 20 different meat preparations… omnomnom. That’s when I started to regret eating all that ice-cream at lunch…