Wandering the geyser area of Geysir in the Southwest of Iceland is like walking across another world. Steam wisps up from hot pools of perfect turquoise water, puddles bubble away heated by the Earth’s core and huge vents of H20 blast out of the ground every few minutes.
Waiting for the Strokkur geyser to blow feels like being a kid again; the anticipation of seeing something so unusual, the excitement of watching the huge bubble swell up from the ground and then shoot 20ft into the sky is exhilarating, and I let out a big cheer and laugh with all the other young-at-heart spectators as the water is sucked back into the seemingly bottomless hole.
We stood and watched it go a couple of times, roughly blasting off every three to five minutes, and then the geyser went up another three times all at once! It was spectacular and unexpected; if you were stood downwind you got soaked! We eagerly waited for it blow again but for the next 15 minutes it lay dormant, most definitely spent from its last spectacular display. Even when we had to start walking back to the car park it didn’t go off again; I hope we didn’t break it…!
Top tip for Geysir: Allow plenty of time here! The area is a designated geothermal park (no entry fee however) with paths that snake around the hot pools and geysers, and it would take you about 15 minutes to walk around it if you were not that interested. However I would bet my last Icelandic Kroner that you will be enthralled by the geyser and want to stay for hours. There is no way you could watch it go off once and then walk away!
More on Iceland here.
Like geysers? Well you can see my photo of a geyser erupting in Rotorua, New Zealand here.