Discover Iceland's Most Famous Geysers
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Geysir is the largest geyser in Iceland. But this geyser only sprays now and then. This is in contrast to the adjacent Strokkur, which spews hot water into the air every four to eight minutes. Both geysers are located on the famous Golden Circle in het southwestern part of the island.
The name Geysir is derived from the Icelandic verb að gjósa, which means to spray or to bubble. This geyser has given the phenomenon its name. In almost all languages, including English it's called geyser.
This geyser is spherical, has a diameter of about 14 meters with a hole in the center about 3 meters wide and 23 meters deep, filled with hot water. Until it erupts.
Geysir is very unpredictable. Sometimes you have to wait for days or more, while you can also get 4 eruptions right after each other. But then the water is 60 to 80 meters high.
The also famous Strokkur is located near Geysir. Unlike Geysir, Strokkur is completely reliable. Every four to eight minutes, this geyser shoots hot water meters into the air. Sometimes three meters high, sometimes thirty. Mostly it goes with a lot of fog, so be careful where you stand. Unless you like to get wet.
When you walk around you notice that everyone is trying to take a picture or a video of a spouting geyser. Which is not easy. At Geyser you have to be lucky, but at Strokkur you have a good chance of a good photo. try to get the sun in the photo as well, it will give an extra flare.
Just before the geyser erupts, you usually see a small eruption on the surface. Keep an eye out for it while you're here. If you grab your camera immediately afterwards, you have a good chance. At least that's how I managed to do it.