Friday Postcards: The Great Geysir in Iceland

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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.


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  • Mary {The World Is A Book}

    I’m glad you and Dek had a wonderful first experience at Geysir. It’s such a magnificent place to visit. My kids didn’t want to leave this area.

  • Michele {Malaysian Meanders}

    Very cool! I really liked that video. Each of your postcards from Iceland is making me want to visit. I’ve never seen a geyser either. I had actually planned ahead and booked the Old Faithful Inn with geyser-view rooms one year in advance, but I had to cancel when we decided to move overseas.

  • Marysia @ My Travel Affairs

    That would be such a cool thing to do! I so want to visit Iceland!

  • Cheryl

    Nice photos and a very cool part of the world. We haven’t seen a geyser yet (my inlaws have) and hope to experience it with the kids one day

  • Jennifer

    Geysir is such as cool place to visit. That big blue bubble is totally worth the rotten egg stink there.

  • Sally@Toddlers on Tour

    I have to say Iceland is on my “bucket list”. It looks beautiful, even if a bit cold.

  • Terumi

    We didn’t quite see the geyser like this because it terrified my guys and they ran away when it exploded. I didn’t do the pre-geyser pep talk and I think it would have had a different outcome. It is so cool that Ty was so interested! I thought the geyser was amazing:)

  • Charu

    What a lovely picture! And I’ve never seen a geyser either! Time to trek to Yellowstone (or Geysir…whichever comes first)