In Iceland: Geysir and Strokkur

Driving down the road towards Geysir is so exciting because you can see the billowing smoke from the ground from where Strokkur erupted. I really enjoyed this part of the trip, I thought it was amazing to see such a force of nature and how close you can get to it! I was there at sunset and the light was stunning.PhoebeGill150110334

There is a hotel and visitors centre opposite the site. There is a shop, cafe and toilets in there so no need to worry. The site is free and on the road so really accessible! Be careful in January because the paths and the area where to stand can be very slippery.

Geysir is the largest pool in the site and it is said that it is the reason why all other geysers are named so. It is dormant now but it would have reached heights of 70 meters.


Strokkur is now the main event. The wait for Strokkur to erupt is amazing, the pool swells and shrinks as pressure builds and when it turns the beautiful aquamarine colour and forms a bubble, it is about to erupt. It reaches 30 meters in height and the spectacle is amazing. Watching boiling hot water shoot from the ground is just a fantastic natural wonder. PhoebeGill150110387I highly recommend going to Geysir, it is amazing, I have read trip advisor reviews that it isn’t that impressive and that there are bigger in the US or New Zealand and that may be the case but I think it’s a waste of time to compare them.

I also heard a lot of people tsk and sigh because it takes a while to start churning again, looking impatiently through their camera screens. If I had had more time I would of pulled up a camping chair and waited, looking with my eyes and  actually taking it in.

My advice is to stop and take in a force of nature that is wonderful and powerful and irregardless of size, it is a must see.

Happy Travels!