Experts believe damming the river Eyjadalsá would cause disruptions to the entire Skjálfandafljót river basin, and it would therefore be desirable to declare the entire river a conservation area. The proposed Eyjadalsá Power Plant would have an output of only 8 MW.
Eyjadalsá Power Plant
- Eyjadalsá Power Plant
The river Skjálfandi flows out of Vonarskarđ canyon north to the gulf of Skjálfandaflói. Spectacular natural phenomena lie within the drainage basin of the river Skjálfandi, including the waterfalls Gođafoss, Ingvararfoss, Hrafnabjargafoss and Aldeyjarfoss. Other treasures include Laufrönd and Neđribotnar, Ţingey, Skuldaţingsey, wetlands at Sandur and Sílalćkur in Ađaldalur valley, the Gćsavötn lakes at Gćsahnjúkur, the Tungnafellsjökull glacier and the aforementioned Vonarskarđ canyon.
Three proposals have been made for power plant construction along the river Skjalfandi, namely the Eyjadalsá Power Plant, the Fljótshnúkur Power Plant and the Hrafnabjörg Power Plant A. Experts working for the 2nd phase of the Master Plan for Hydro and Geothermal Energy Resources termed the river Skjálfandi among Iceland‘s most valuable areas for its scenery and natural expanses. The conservation of the entire river, from its origin to the river delta, is highly desirable.
Protected sites in the area include Ţingey, Skuldaţingsey, Hrauntunga, Hofgarđur and an unnamed farmstead at Fiskiá.
Two islands in the river Skjálfandi, Ţingey and Skuldaţingsey, are ancient thingsteads where public assemblies were held. They are counted among Iceland‘s most interesting and best conserved archeological sites, and vestiges of numerous ancient encampments are still visible today.
Bárđargata, one of Iceland‘s most famous travel routes, runs through the area and has recently regained some of its popularity with hikers.
Svartá and Suđurá are spring creeks teeming with trout and birdlife, including two endangered duck species, harlequin duck and barrow's goldeneye. Wildlife in the area is likely to be dramatically affected if proposals such as the Eylandsá Power Plant are carried out in the area.
The proposed Eyjadalsá Power Plant in the river Skjálfandi at its confluence with the river Eyjadalsá would have a power output of only 8 MW. A 200 m concrete dam would harness the river‘s energy as it drops 24 m in altitude over a 2 km stretch in its course.
Experts believe the river Eyjadalsá cannot be dammed without adversely affecting the drainage basin of the river Skjálfandi.