Iceland is famous for its geysers and the term geyser was first coined in Iceland, after the Great Geysir. As a bit of a research before my trip to Iceland I found out that Geysers are found in active volcanic areas or land that is prone to earthquakes. The steam that shoots out fo the ground is the result of the process whereby surface water seeps deep underground and collects in caverns where it is subsequently heated by the surrounding 200°C volcanic rock this eventually converst the water to stream and it forces its way back out through holes in the ground.
The Great Geysir doesn't erupt that frequently, about every 8 to 10 hours and in fact it has ceased to erupt back in the early 1900s and it was only after a earthquake in 2000 that the geyser was 'reawakened'. At its prime it could erupt water to a height of 60m but nowadays it is more like 10m.
Luckily for us travellers who don't have 8 to 10 hours to spend sitting around waiting for an eruption there is the dependable Strokkur geyser right next to the Great Geysir. Strokkur erupts approximately every 8 minutes and sends an impressive column of water and steam about 20m in the air. It is great to watch, especially the bubble that forms right before an eruption.
The Geyser park has a numebr of other smaller geysers and steam vents that are worth seeing. Make sure you don't miss out on nature's little water and steam show when you are in Iceland.
There is a visitors complex on one side of the road which all looks very new and shiny with shops and all your tourists needs... I bypassed that and headed straight across the road to see the geysers!
It's all rather steamy and smokey and surreal as you meander along the pathways that wind around lots of little steamy holes full of boiling and bubbling water... and there is an excitement building... eventually you get to Strokkur - a large hole in the ground, roped of, the (downwind) ground utterly drenched around it and there is a bubbling activity below the ground... And you wait for something to happen. WHOOOSH up she shoots with no warning and with such gusto that oh! no! you were not quite ready for such a sudden splurge of energy and you are amazed by it.
Now, one tip to bear in mind, in case you need it spelling out as my children apprently really did... the reason one side of the geyser is soaked is because when it bursts upwards to the height of 15-30m and the wind blows against that water...if you stand there you ARE going to get drenched... which is not so fun in winter!!!!
If, like me, you were so unprepared for the sudden explosion... take heart... it happens very frequently - every 5-10 minutes! ....and then it is gone, back down into its hole.
The geysers are totally free to go to see... which is kind of awesome in its own right!
Geysir is part of the Golden Circle so is easily visited from Reykjavik and surely there is not a tour that will not lead you here. However, I like to do my own thing so I came here under my own steam (no pun intended!) and being on your own time and itinerary has always got to nicer, I think.
Now the part where I can sound clever! when geothermal water is trapped is gets super-heated. However, the water on the surface is cool. The two waters create steam and that steam has to escape and as it does it send the cooler water blasting upwards. Nature is rather funky!
For a bit of fun I would highly recommend going on a snowmobile on Iceland´s second largest glacier, Langjokull. Blazing across the white plains is quite an experience, especially seeing as I havd never driven a snowmobile before. It is very much like a motorbike and I was soon holding the accelerator down at maximum. Thank goodness we were given suits, gloves and helmets because it was unbelievably cold, even with the gloves on my hands were absolutely freezing. The barren landscape is breathtaking. At times I wanted to stop and take photos but flying around at high speeds made it impossible. I must admit that it is fairly expensive but then again how often do you get to roar around on a glacier???? It was an experience that will live on long in the memory of this beach- born, sun-loving South African.
You're in Iceland, the country of geysirs. You have two possibilities. Either you take a long daytrip to the real geysir or visit Haetta, the artificial geysir which is located in Reykjavik.
The picture is of the artificial one. It works with the same principle as the real geysirs.
One of Iceland's most famous natural wonders is Gullfoss, or “Golden Falls.” With a 105-foot double-cascade, Gullfoss is Europe’s most powerful waterfall. On a sunlit day, the mist clouds surrounding the hammering falls are filled with dozens of rainbows, providing an unparalleled spectacle of color and motion. This is part of the "Golden Circle' tour of the Reykjavik area.
The Great Geysir has been somewhat shy in recent decades. When Geysir does perform, it lives up to its name, spewing a jet of steaming water 200 feet skyward.
A less spectacular geysir is Strokkur (“the churn”), which spouts a 60-100 foot jet about once every five minutes. The geyser area has walking paths that lead past steaming vents and colorful, mineral-rich mud formations.
This is part of the Golden Circle tour of the Reykjavik area.
We join the Golden Triangle trip and the Geysir is one of the places included in the tour. The tour last for whole day and it is worth to join as it includes several must see places in Iceland. There are three Geysers. The one which bursts quite often is the medium Geyser. The largest one in Iceland only bursts three times a day.
It is the one of the destinations that the Golden Traiangle trip included. The waterfall is so big and the view there is spectacular. You can walk closely to the water. You should be very careful as the ground is slippery!
To look at some blowing water seems to be a very simple activity, but it is really amusing when you stand close to it. It suddenly just blows. Like if the earth have been tickled or something.
The small ones are really cute. :)
Gullfoss its an impressiv waterfall about two hours driving from Reykjavík, impressive landscapes at its surroundings.
You sould take a bus around Iceland and check the Gullfoss, geysirs and vulcanos. Nature is so amazing, you must see them. Ask from tourist information, they arrange some bus tours.