The Great Geysir and Gullfoss

24 05 2010

We woke up late after a night in the hot-tub watching Eyjafjallajökull eruption while sipping on gin and tonic.  When we got going we drove about 15 km. to the Great Geysir area.  The Great Geysir is the spouting hot spring that the English word geyser is derived from.  According to the signs the Great Geysir can hurl boiling water up to seventy meters up in the air but it has been dormant for the last few years.  The current star of the show is Strokkur, a geyser that erupts every 8-10 minutes  reaching thirty meters up in the air.

It had been a while since I stopped and actually walked through the geyser area.  I’ve often driven bye but somehow just taken the whole area for granted.  The hot-springs are quite spectacular and majestic.

After the geysers we drove up to Gullfoss (Goldfalls), a 32 meter high and 20 meter wide and quite impressive waterfall close by.  We walked right down to the waterfall where we could hear the thundering noise and feel the share power of the water – and get a little wet from the spray.  The rivers have the most water in the spring time and Gullfoss was definitely a bit more impressive than usual.

After the drive we went back to the summer house and played some cards.  I wanted to write that we played cards until it got dark but since it doesn’t get dark until after two in the night we never made it that far. 

We stayed another day in the summer house before we went back to Reykjavík but didn’t really do much, just enjoyed being there.