Experiencing Iceland’s Geysers | Golden Circle Route

Iceland’s geysers are one of the largest attractions in the country, and they’re a must see. You can find them in the Golden Circle route along with Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir Park. A rain jacket is recommended when on the Golden Circle Route.  Though, I visited Iceland in January(2014), so I was decked out in (waterproof) winter clothes.

Iceland's Geysers | Golden Circle Route

This geothermal area contains two geysers, Geysir and Strokkur, and many boiling hot pots. “Geysir” is the Icelandic term for geyser, which comes from the verb “geysa”- to gush; it’s also the name of their oldest geyser. Unfortunately, Geysir’s level of action is decreasing as it erupts rather infrequently, though it has been active for 10,000 years. Strokkur is the more active geyser that erupts every 4-6 minutes. The tour guide told us, “It’s more faithful than Old Faithful!” (another faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park.)

Coming from Wisconsin in the US, I’m no stranger to cold weather! Fortunately, the weather was pretty calm near the geysers during our tour. Since the water in the geysers are extremely hot, we warmed up pretty quickly and took our coats off temporarily. What I was a stranger to was the intense sulphur smell upon arrival–hits ya right in the face! I’ve only smelled it once before on a trip to Hawaii where we saw the sulphur vents on the extinct volcano. Sulphur smells like rotten eggs, but the smell of Iceland’s geysers wasn’t nearly as bad as Hawaii. Maybe at 10 years old, new smells are a much larger shock than at the age of 20.

Strokkur | Iceland's Geysers | Golden Circle Route
Strokkur Geyser– Check out the steam!

Strokkur shoots up a column of water up to 98 feet/30 meters. We did get a little sprinkling of water on us, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as you’d think. Even though my trip was over four years ago, it’s still surreal to watch these videos. Everybody around us had a camera out, taking pictures or videos. Since it erupted every 6 minutes or less, you could easily get a few pictures and videos in. I recorded it on my first try; talk about getting lucky! (Try to see the large blue bubble that forms right before it bursts!)

 

 

There were many bubbling hot spots there as well, such as this one below. We also saw quite a bit of warning signs: HOT WATER. From feeling the heat from the steam and watching it bubble pretty viciously…we didn’t want to get any closer!

 

Iceland is a gorgeous country and truly a winter wonderland if you go during December through February! The Golden Circle route may be touristy, but seeing Iceland’s geysers, Gullfoss, and Þingvellir are (in my humble opinon) definitely worth it.

Experience Iceland's geysers and hot spots through videos and images. | Golden Circle Route

60 Comments

  1. This reminds me so much of the geysers I saw at Rotorua, when I visited New Zealand. Very similar with the heat, steam and sulfur smell. They also had natural baths you could get into which were very hot. I’d love to visit Iceland also to see this and you have captured it really well on video.

  2. Wow! It’s hard to believe that something that functions on geothermal activity is so consistent with timing. It makes me wonder if other larger geothermal events are also consistent. Odd frame of thought I know but I can’t help pondering. Seismology an geology fascinates me.

  3. Tom

    I skipped the golden circle tour when I was there, as yes it seemed too touristy. I drove myself around the south coast seeing many amazing things, including dozens of monster waterfalls, but alas no geysers down there. Shame.

  4. I visited Iceland in March and it was still very cold with lots of snow around. I did the Golden Circle tour and loved seeing the geysers. Especially as one kept going off and starting again straight away. It was amazing to see, though I would love to go back and visit in summer when there is no snow 🙂

  5. Carol Colborn

    This makes me feel sorry I didn’t choose the Golden Circle Route when our cruise ship stopped in Reykjavik. Instead, I did the city tour + the Blue Lagoon and a geothermal area.

  6. Kevan

    It’s funny that you mentioned the sulfer smell because when I first started reading the first thing I thought of was the smell from my trip to Yellowstone and wondered if it was the same in Iceland. It is certainly an unique island and the geysers are part of what make it unique and a must see. Hopefully one day I will be able to see them as you have.

  7. I lOVED Iceland when I visited! It was so much fun but I’ve never felt so cold in my life. I could literally feel my fingers getting frozen. haha You’re so lucky you got to see the this! When I was there my camera got full at the worst moment and didn’t get to film it. Oh well, a reason to go back I guess! haha safe travels! xoxo – Mariella

  8. Meg

    Oh my gosh! I might have skipped the video if you hadn’t told me to look for the blue bubble – then I had to see what you were talking about. WOW! That’s fascinating, I would love to see it.

  9. Love your videos! Pretty fun to watch , and even better on video because you don’t get that sulfur smell. 😉 What always amazes us is that, despite the heat from the geysers and hot springs, there’s snow just feet away. Thanks for linking up on #WeekendWanderlust!

  10. How cool! Iceland has been on my bucket list for awhile now, and your post only made me want to visit more. Coming from the Midwest, geysers and hot springs are totally foreign to me, which makes it seem like even more fun to explore.

  11. Great pics and videos! I did all of Iceland last year with two of my best friends for my birthday. It’s such a gorgeous country! Since I was there in the summer before now I’d like to go back in the winter for the ice caves!

  12. For someone who is from Croatia , like me, geysers are true nature wonders. The Old Faithful and the Icelandic geysers are on my bucket list and the sulphur smell won’t bother me much. 😉
    And just to say, I would prefer to see them in summer time.

  13. Iceland is really a veritable fairyland for us. We hope to get there someday. The stunning landscapes and the dazzling phenomenon like Northern Lights and geysers hold a great fascination for us. We do hope to get there some day to experience the natural treasures of Iceland,

  14. This is awesome to read as I’m going to Iceland in October! And I really want to see these geysers. In New Zealand we have some a few small ones, the most famous being in Rotorua – the whole city smells of sulphur! I lived there for about 7 months and while you got used to the stink, some days were definitely worse than others!

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