Golden Circle Tour – The Geysirs
The Golden Circle is Icelands most popular destination and consists of Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, the powerful Gullfoss waterfall and the explosive geysir geothermal area.
We booked our Golden Circle Tour with Grayline and our first stop was Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, our second stop was the stunning Gullfoss Waterfall and the final stop of the day was to see the geysir geothermal area and the famous Strokkur – Iceland’s most active geysir.
The geysirs are a short drive from Gullfoss, situated in the Haukadalur valley.
When you visit you will see fumaroles (an opening in a planet’s crust which emits steam and gases), hot-springs, mud-pits and other little geysers littered around.
There are gravelled paths to follow, but do be aware that these can be quite muddy and icy in places, especially close to the geysirs.
The geysir areas are roped off and there are signs warning you not to touch the water as it is boiling hot, so keep small people well within your sight.
Strokkur is the greatest active geyser on site, althouygh Geysir itself is much larger.
Strokkur erupts every 5-10 mintes, blasting water to heights of around fifteen to twenty metres.
It is a fascinating thing to watch and you can view it going off from all angles. Our favourite had to be at the back of the geysir from the main pathway, as you can see the vivid blue colour of the water.
The kids got quite adept at knowing when it would go off as they watched the water move as it started to boil.
Although the other geysirs don’t have the same explosive power, they are still worth seeing as the ground around them is dyed vividly by elements such as sulfur, copper and iron (yellow, green and red).
Opposite the main geothermal area is a restaurant, cafe, hotel and gift shop, although as I mentioned in my previous post we were on a strict timescale so didn’t get a chance to look around.
Have you seen geysirs in action before?