Geysir on the Golden Circle in Iceland

One of the highlights of the Golden Circle, which is a loop that takes you to several key tourist sights near Reykjavik in Iceland, is Gysir. It is a geyser that erupts every few minutes, often very dramatically, as well as a hot springs area with mud pits. Crowds gather around to watch Geysir as it bubbles and surges until it finally sprays hot water and steam hundreds of feet into the air. The area has been active for over a thousand years and there are many smaller thermal pots in addition to the impressive Gysir.


It is More Dramatic Standing Away from Geysir


Steam and Warm Ground Due to Thermal Activity Below the Ground


You Can See the Power as Geysir Begins to Erupt


Little Geysir

Upon arriving to the parking area, you will join large crowds that gather around the geyser to wait and watch for it to erupt. Visiting Geysir during the winter months will really give you a sense of how much the thermal activity effects the area as you go from a completely frozen landscape to one with vegetation and steam coming from the ground all around you. We are sure that it is equally dramatic at other times of year, but the contrast between the ice and snow to the steaming mud pits and grassy areas was quite fascinating.


Dramatic Eruption


Boiling Water


Crowds Gathering


Building Up to a Larger Eruption

As you stand around Geysir waiting for its next eruption, the bubbling and boiling of the water in the mouth of the geyser is almost mesmerizing to watch. Waves of water roll out towards the edges as the water literally seems to boil. We watched several smaller eruptions that only went several feet into the air, although you could still sense the power of the geyser, until finally the main attraction occurred and Geysir spewed water and steam hundreds of feet into the air. We have seen other geysers, including Old Faithful in Yellowstone, but seeing the power of Geysir was certainly an incredible sight.


Little Geysir Eruption – Not as Dramatic as the Big Geysir


Getting Closer to the Big Eruption


Another Mini-Eruption


Contrasting Landscapes


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10 Responses to Geysir on the Golden Circle in Iceland

  1. Gramworth says:

    Great pictures!

  2. Christy says:

    Love the pics

  3. Really the weather of Iceland is Dangerous! Specially the fog!

  4. How hot does the water and steam get?
    Is it advisable to dip for a bath?

  5. Fantastic post and great photos . Iceland is surely not to be missed , check out my posts on Iceland here

  6. ellenadaria says:

    Amazing photos. Did you visit in April?

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