Reviews of Geysir • 6
Stop 2 - Geysir (64.3104° N, 20.3024° W)
Our day started slow, with some cooking in the camp’s kitchen and then we left off for the trip around what Iceland refers to as it’s Golden Circle, the very first stop being the Geysir, a town after which the word “geyser” has been named. It was the first known geyser to the Europeans. The place boasts of an array of beautiful geysers, one of which (Strokkur) is active and blows up every 10 mins, the area is quite commercialised with many restaurants and a big shop that even sells original fox fur. A visit to Geysir surely ticked off one item from my bucket list which was taking a bath in geothermal water, since I was left drenched post one of strokkur’s eruptions. However, it did prepare us for our next stop, the rainbow marked Gulfoss.
Up the road from Gullfoss, you’ll find the Geysir geothermal area, an arrangement of bubbling hot springs. This area of blowholes gets pretty hot as the underground temperatures can reach up to or even over 100 degrees Celsius and force boiling water to gurgle over. Being the most memorable to see, Strokkur spouts up like a fountain consistently about every 10 or so minutes. Less active ones here include Blesi, a set of twin bluish pools; Fata, which seems a bit temperamental; and Litli Geyser, a petite slosher.
On day three (full days) we headed out and away from Reykjavik to see the ‘big’ sights – the waterfall at Gulfoss, the Geysir at…well, Geysir, and Thingvellir. These are down as probably the big three sights that everyone has to go and see in the greater Reykjavik area (only about an hours drive if you go the short way), and really are stunning. Thingvellir itself is truly epic, if it does take a bit of imagination to really understand how it would have looked back when it was the seat of the Icelandic Althing (sort of like a parliament of the day – not exactly representative, but maybe somewhere along the lines of the English Barons of a similar time period).
The Geysir geothermal area is well known for its spouting springs, including Strokkur, the most active geyser in Iceland which spouts water into the air every few minutes. The formation of geysers is due to particular hydrogeological condition(located near active volcanic areas) which exist in only a few places on Earth, so they are considered a rare phenomenon.