Friday Postcards: The Great Geysir in Iceland
What a view. The snow covered mountains made for a beautiful backdrop for our day touring Iceland’s Golden Circle, but it wasn’t the mountainous view we were here to see. No, we were here for the Great Geysir.
I have a confession to make. I have never seen a geyser before, much less one in Iceland. I know, I know. I hail from the land of Old Faithful. I even lived on the same coast as the old guy, and yet I never managed to stop by to say hello.
To say I was giddy would be pointless. I was ecstatic. I was even more excited to experience this with my boys as we explored Iceland.
I had a hard time explaining what a geyser was to Dek. He had no frame of reference. We told him it was sort of like a tiny volcano made out of water, or a hose squirting really, really hot water from the ground. He still didn’t quite get it, and really, I can’t blame him. I am not a geological master when it comes to the ins and outs of geysers. The only way was to show him.
In typical baby fashion, Ty fell asleep on my back while we walked towards Geysir. There were several small bubbling pools, but the Great Geysir was a short walk down an easy path. As soon as we walked up, we saw it blow. Dek’s howls of excitement could almost be heard over the water’s eruption. My mouth just dropped open. We had to get a closer look. I’d seen pictures that showed a water blister forming just before Geysir blows. I wanted to see that.
As luck would have it I started video taping the Geysir just before the blister started to form, the only blister we would see the geyser grow during our visit. It exploded with a monstrous pop, whooshing water up several feet. Instinctually we all stepped back, convinced the water would hit us and melt our faces off. But predictably, Geysir settled back down, the waters splashed back into the hole and the pressure began to build again.
By the time we had to hop on back on our bus to head to Thingvellir, Dek was babbling on about the explosive power of geysers. He would continue to share his experience with anyone who would listen, including his grandparents via Skype and friends at school. The fact that Dek learned something new on our trip to Iceland was reward enough, but the real memory I will keep is the one where I saw my first geyser at the same time as my little boy. Now that makes travel worth it.
Want a taste of what Geysir has in store for you? Check out this 15 second video I captured. Can you spot the water blister before it pops? And for more on Iceland, check out our Reykjavik Destination Guide.