Geysir Haukadalur Reviews
It was insane cold in January Jan 09, 2011
On my short visit on Geysir one the main targets was a visit to the Geysir in the Haukadalur valley. The geyser is the first geyser ever described in a printed source and the earliest geyser known to Europeans. The Geysir is situated approximately 40 km from Thingvellir which again is 40 km from Reykjavik.
Upon my arrival to Geysir I had luckily adjusted my expectations because my original vision of a geyser would be a huge burst of steam blowing 50 meters in to the sky. This did not happen at all; I guess the biggest burst I saw was 5 meters and at that time I was thinking more about getting back to the car because it was freezing cold.
It is of cause impressive to witness the power of nature but maybe again it was the cold but I was not as impressed by the sight as I had hoped.
Part of the Iceland - so cold, so beautiful & so short travel blog
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Sep 08, 2005
Sure you've seen a geysir. But have you seen THE Geysir? Geysir is the only Icelandic word used in the English language. And all geysirs are named after the Geysir in Iceland.
You can find Geysir a short drive from Gullfoss, or chances are you can just follow a tour bus and they'll lead you right to it. Geysir is located in an area of geothermal activity. In the area you'll be able to witness a variety of hot spots, mineral deposits, and bubbling pools that don't really draw much of your attention. People come here to see one of two things: Geysir and Strokkur.
Geysir doesn't really erupt much these days. There is no telling if you'll be able to witness it when it goes off. But when it does, the water will jet up to 200 feet in the air.
Strokkur is a smaller geysir located in the same area. It shoots water about 100 feet into the air. While its not as impressive as geysir, it is far more consistent. You can see Strokkur erupt every 5 minutes.
The park area is free to enter, so if you are in the general area you might as well check it out. But don't expect to see anything life changing. Expect to face a large crowd though as most tours stop here.
Part of the Iceland 2005 travel blog
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