Geysir is one of Iceland’s most famous attractions and the source of the natural phenomenon known as the “springs springs”. Geysir was discovered and received its name in the 13th century as its eruptions rose to 80 meters. But today he is very calm, lazily bubbling and barely catching attention, even though since the big earthquake of 2000 he has erupted several times. So what about all the geyser pictures you’ve seen? These are pictures of Strokkur right next to Geysir, which erupts impressively every five minutes, sometimes reaching a height of 40 meters.
Today the attraction of the park is the geyser Strokkur which means in Icelandic “Mabhutsa”. Strokkur is a few meters from the big geyser and it erupts at regular intervals of about 5 minutes. A fierce jet of boiling water rises to the sky and reaches up to 40 meters high, much to the delight of the spectators around. It is speculated that Geyser was created in the late 13th century when a series of strong earthquakes that accompanied a deadly eruption of the Hekla volcano hit the Haukadalur Valley and caused geothermal activity in the valley. The entire Geyser Valley is a geo-thermal park that sits atop a vast cauldron of boiling water. On all sides water, mud and sulfur bubbling develop in the ground and steam whistles are occasionally heard. The colored mud is the result of the bacteria and primitive plants that thrive under these harsh conditions. Some, like the fertilized bacterium, live at a temperature of 60 ° in the vicinity of hydrogen sulfide, which causes the smell of stinking eggs and gives the soil its gray color.
A little to the west is Laugarfjall Hill, a small hill with spectacular panoramic views overlooking the Geyser Park area. King of Denmark Christian IX, visited the area in 1874 and while leaning on one of the rocks in the hill its guests tried to impress it by boiling eggs in the hot springs. Since then, these rocks have been called the “King’s Stones”.
How to get there?
Geyser can be reached as part of the “Golden Circle” route starting from Reykjavik and passing through the Gulffoss Falls and other stops along the way. Admission is free. Visiting the place is highly recommended!