Erupting Hot Springs at Iceland’s Geysir
One hour’s drive east of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, deep into the dark lava fields of the Haukadalur valley, a surprising geothermal phenomenon draws visitors from across the world.
A grouping of geysers, erupting explosions of boiling water followed by plumes of white steam, make up the destination known as Geysir. The largest of the group, Iceland’s Great Geysir, was first documented in the 13th century but is currently inactive. Its neighboring geyser, Strokkur, still erupts every few minutes shooting jets of water up to 50 meters (164 feet) into the sky.
While there are a number of erupting geysers across the world, it’s Iceland’s Geysir, derived from the Icelandic “geysa" meaning "to gush," after which all others are named.
The sight of the geysers—along with the nearby mountains and hot springs—have proven especially attractive to local and traveling Instagrammers alike.