Geysir going off

Golden Circle Tour – The Geysirs

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January 18, 2020

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.

Geysir area

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.

Geysir area

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.

Geysir area

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.

Geysir area

Strokkur is the greatest active geyser on site, althouygh Geysir itself is much larger.

Geysir area

Strokkur erupts every 5-10 mintes, blasting water to heights of around fifteen to twenty metres.

Geysir area

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.

Geysir area

The kids got quite adept at knowing when it would go off as they watched the water move as it started to boil.

Geysir area

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).

Geysir area

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.

Geysir area

Have you seen geysirs in action before?

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    LaaLaa Monroe

    January 18, 2020

    This is pretty fascinating especially knowing the is going to be action every 5-10 minutes, it’s an unusually pretty sight to be seen. Never heard of this place before in Iceland.

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    This German Mama

    January 18, 2020

    This looks amazing, we’ve never been before. But I would love to go and take the kids once they are a bit older. Iceland has so many beautiful landscapes to offer.

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    January 19, 2020

    I’m so jealous! I always wanted to go to Iceland but every year, something happens that prevents me from going. However, seeing your amazing pics, I’ll make sure to go this year!

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    Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    January 20, 2020

    Oh my goodness what a wonderful place to visit and see this with your own eyes. I bet the children found it fascinating.

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    January 20, 2020

    Iceland looks so stunning and beautiful. Your pictures were amazing. This looks like a great tour.

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    Whitney Morrow

    January 20, 2020

    This is on my list for the next time Im in Iceland! I have had friend do the tour, and they loved it too!

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    Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog

    January 20, 2020

    This sounds so cool and we’d love to see geysirs in action! I bet it was almost alien to watch!

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    Elizabeth Williams

    January 20, 2020

    I’d love to visit Iceland and see the geysers as they look so majestic and beautiful. This looks like a great tour and experience.

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    Cristina Petrini

    January 21, 2020

    I think they are a real spectacle of nature, its very force that explodes!

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    Jess Howliston

    January 21, 2020

    Oh wow what a fascinating and beautiful thing to watch, I have never seen any Geysirs before but would love the chance to one day. I know both my kids (and I!) would be fascinated watching them, I cant believe how high the water goes too!

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    Jennifer Gladwin

    January 21, 2020

    That looks amazing, look at the vibrant blue! I’ve loved reading your posts about Iceland, it’s really inspired me to visit.

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    January 21, 2020

    What an incredible place to visit! I’ve never heard of it before but I’d love to check it out.

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    Ashley R

    January 21, 2020

    This looks like a great thing to see in person. I bet even half of how neat it is can be captured in a photo.

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    January 21, 2020

    I did this tour a few years ago and love it! The geysirs are incredible to see.

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    January 22, 2020

    Glad to learn about this sites and I have to include it when I visit Iceland. It is in my bucket list .

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    January 22, 2020

    Omg what an incredible experience!! I’ve actually never heard of The Golden Circle before! I would love to check it out for myself one day

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    January 24, 2020

    I am hoping to go to Iceland with my husband for my 40th in a couple of years, this will definitely be on the must-do list when we visit.

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