Geysir, Iceland

The Great Geysir is the legendary wonder for which all others on Earth are named.  This incredible spring has been sporadically shooting hot water up to 70 meters high for the past 10,000 years. Records say that hundreds of years ago the entire valley would tremble each time it spouted, and that the geysir once erupted up to 3 times a day and at times even up to 170 meters high! Nowadays, sadly, the geysir rarely erupts at all, but directly next to Geysir sits it’s more reliable sister,Strokkur, which erupts about every 5 to 7 minutes.


This is a great park to explore the geothermal pools and watch a few of the eruptions from Strokkur as you wonder how high 70 meters actually is and if you will ever be lucky enough to see it while you are there.  We spent a good 30 to 45 minutes hiking around the springs and watching the picture perfect eruptions a few times angling for prime shots and admiring the deep blue pools.  The clarity of the water the intensity of the blues and greens is mesmerizing.  There are around 30 other smaller pools in the area to stroll around and admire in the park.  Only a few other places in the world are like this and it truly is a unique sight to see as you continue along the Golden Circle!


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