Letting Off Steam at Geysir

The seemingly placid landscape of Thingvillir belies the youthful geological nature of Iceland, but not too far away is the location of Geysir.

Here, the earth is cooking: steaming fumaroles, burbling pools of boiling water and gushing spouts of hot steam and gasses from deep within the ground – all clearly demonstrate that Iceland is most definitely active.

Strokkur shoots a column of water and gas up to a height of around 20m, every 10 minutes or so – although I can tell you I have waited at least 20 mins for one gush, then witnessed three gushes within a couple of minutes.  I guess that’s just Mother Nature’s prerogative.

Strokkur in action

Storkkur fires one off… time for “High-Speed Continuous”

Geysir – the original gusher, has been dormant since 2005 (as it was between 1915-2000).  In the past it has shot a column of water approximately 70m high.  Now that would have been amazing to have seen, but alas – it’s currently just a steaming hot-tub.

The utterly fantastic thing about the entire place is the fact that the entrance is absolutely free.  If this were a tourist attraction in the UK/USA, I’m pretty sure it would have been walled off and a preposterous fee would be charged at the gate.  Then, you would have to fend off the candy-floss and hot-dog vendors to get to the main attraction, which would have obnoxious information boards blocking the best views anyway.

Well done, Icelandic Tourist Board – you rock 😉

I took hundreds of photographs.  I could have taken more…  My new-found sport was to try and capture the meniscus of hot water of Strokkur as the gas bubbles surged upwards – just before they exploded at the surface.

I’m experimenting with a slide-show. Let’s see if this works…

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18 thoughts on “Letting Off Steam at Geysir

    1. Hey Hot Lollies – the Blesi pools were utterly gorgeous. When I saw them in photographs, I thought that they would be huge – but they are only a couple of meters in diameter. Still utterly stunning 🙂

  1. Love this post and I love your little comments under each photo! This is great there is a place that has remained natural and has not become a tourist attraction. I want to check this place out. Guess I’ll add it to the list of the many places I want to visit.

  2. wonderful stops, we are planning to go Iceland next month. Thanks for your details explanation about each attraction.

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