It's Summer in Iceland

November 29, 2018 - I am back from an amazing trip to Iceland and Ireland, visiting my daughter who is studying at Trinity University in Dublin.  

Climate change is not a news story or a political fight in Iceland, it’s a day to day reality.  The tiny island nation is at the front lines of this reality.  They have already made a strong commitment to renewable energy, capitalizing on massive geothermal and hydro resources to become one of the first fossil fuel free nations.

  Family Photo at the Glacier Tou r

Family Photo at the Glacier Tour

According to Wikipedia - about 85% of all houses in Iceland are heated with geothermal energy. In 2015, the total electricity consumption in Iceland was 18,798 GWh. Renewable energy provided almost 100% of electricity production, with about 73% coming from hydropower and 27% from geothermal power. 

We had the chance to take a snowmobile and glacier tour up the mighty Langjökull - the ‘Long Glacier’ - and second-largest glacier in Iceland at 361 square miles. 

It was a cold clear day, with a low sky sun and no precipitation in the air.  We had amazing views, but chunky thick snow to ride through.  About midway up, we had a chance to tour the inside of the glacier through the man-made tunnel and cave system.  It was dark, cold and creepy - but they had put LED lights in the walls in key places. Crampons and full snow suits were a must on this trip.  Our guide spoke about glacier history, glacier dynamics and then she said bluntly: “Other countries are killing our glacier, our water  and our food sources.”  The Langjökull was acting like it was August, not late November. Dripping ceilings and active moulin rivers below the floor surface made for a scary short-term trip, but it was also a stark reminder of how global warming is impacting a natural resources thousands of years old.  Activities and results of glaciers that used to be measured with three zeros are now happening in one zero (decades).  

  Langjökull - The Past and Future

Langjökull - The Past and Future

Our guide was blunt, do more in our home countries to get leaders to understand the impact of climate change. The impacts are not theoretical or hypothetical - they are happening now! It should not be “summer in Iceland” in late November.  To find out more about the glaciers or Iceland visit: https://guidetoiceland.is/travel-iceland/drive/langjokull.

At Nikola Power we are on a mission to drive the adoption of 100% renewable energy. Our energy storage software and solar & storage services are driving this critical transformation of our energy systems. 

JW Postal - CEO Nikola Power




Samantha Kemper