Europe, Iceland, Reykjavík

Photos – Iceland’s Geysir Geothermal Field at Sunset.

January 13, 2014
Geothermal Area Golden Circle

The Golden Circle Tour is one of the top rated attractions for visitors to Iceland. I often shy away from taking guided tours as they can be overrated but there are times when they’re completely worth your time and money. This is one of them.

As I mentioned in my Christmas in Iceland post, I knew this was one tour I had to do. It includes three highlights – Gullfoss waterfalls, Thingvellir National Park and the Geysir Geothermal Field. While each site is beautiful, my favorite part was seeing the Geysir Geothermal Field at sunset.

Geysir Geothermal Field

The field is home to the first Geysir ever described in print form and has a surface area that spans 3 kilometers. While the original Geysir – also known as the Great Geysir – is now inactive, it’s little friend Strokkur is a happy little beast that shoots out boiling water, up to 40 meters in the air, every 5-10 minutes.

In the midst of Iceland’s winter, the hot temperature of the field revealed rare patches of green, small pools of water and various small holes emitting steam.

Geothermal Area Golden Circle

Geothermal Area Golden Circle

Geothermal Area Golden Circle

Walking towards Strokkur, I was captivated by it’s powerful, shooting eruptions and stood there and watched it quickly subside as the mist was captured by the wind and taken away in a matter of seconds.

Geothermal Area Golden Circle

Geothermal Area Golden Circle

Geothermal Area Golden Circle

A moment of relative calm between eruptions.

Geothermal Area Golden Circle

Geothermal Area Golden Circle

An eruption action sequence. Strokkur is quite the super star, willing to perform a demanding routine at such regular intervals.

Geothermal Area Golden Circle

Geothermal Area Golden Circle

Geothermal Area Golden Circle

Geothermal Area Golden Circle

I stood there transfixed, not sure whether to laugh or cry. It was such an emotional moment and I wasn’t quite sure how to take it all  in. I wanted to hug someone, whoop with joy, or jump up and down with delight!

However, that would have been dangerous as the area surrounding the Geysir was a sheet of pure ice. Seeing as how I don’t even know how to ice skate (I’m such a bad Canadian), any jumping would result in me landing either face or ass first on the ground and maybe even injuring myself.

I ended up staying there to watch it erupt about 10 times, taking photos from as many vantage points as possible and capturing the Geysir in different states of eruption. Is it just me or does the last part of the sentence sound a little dirty?

Geothermal Area Golden Circle

Geothermal Area Golden Circle

Geothermal Area Golden Circle

Walking back to meet the rest of my tour group and head to our next destination, I was smiling from ear to ear.

Geothermal Area Golden Circle

Geothermal Area Golden Circle

Witnessing the eruptions, against the stark Icelandic landscape and pink, blue, orange hues of sunset surely goes down as one of my best travel moments yet.

Good to Know

  1. If you’re going to visit the geothermal field during winter, be sure to wear proper attire. It can be quite windy there and you’ll need a warm jacket, hat, gloves, etc. More importantly, wear proper footwear – believe it or not, I saw women in wedge heels and men sporting Converse shoes. It’s not a fashion show, people!
  2. The Golden Circle Tour is an easy day trip from the nation’s capital of Reykjavik.
  3. I booked this tour through Reykjavik Excursions, one of the few companies open on Christmas Day.
  4. The tour cost approximately $85 US or about 58 euros. It’s cheaper for teenagers and free for children under 11 years old.
  5. Pick-up and drop-off from your hotel/hostel is included in the price.
  6. Winter is the perfect time to visit Iceland. While daylight is limited around Christmastime (about 4 hours a day), it’s pretty easy to experience both sunrise and sunset and take photos like this.
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  • Reply A Montrealer Abroad January 13, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Wow, the light is incredible! Can’t wait to be there in June!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard January 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      You’ll love it … It would be great to see what the geothermal fields look like in the summer.

  • Reply Thea van Duin January 15, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Hi there!

    I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster award in my most recent blog post!
    To see the post you can check out, or click directly on this link

    Hope you have a great day!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard January 16, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Thea – thanks for the nomination. Very nice of you. Unfortunately, I don’t qualify based on the rules outlined. 🙂

  • Reply Maria January 26, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Nature is amazing – all year long.
    Gotta say – Very romantic atmosphere in the photos – nicely done Cheryl!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard January 27, 2014 at 5:19 am

      Thanks so much Maria. It was so cold but yes, oh so romantic. I yearn to experience that moment again.

  • Reply Mary @ Green Global Travel January 27, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    These pictures are beautiful! I’m sure that was an amazing experience! Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Stephanie - The Travel Chica January 30, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    A very different backdrop for geysers. Beautiful!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard January 31, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks! Iceland is an incredible place. 🙂

  • Reply northierthanthou February 14, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    That faint light in the clouds is quite cool.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 14, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      Yes, it is very cool. Literally. 🙂

      Iceland’s landscape is insanely gorgeous.

  • Reply Jennifer March 12, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I’m really digging the blue light and the snow around the area. Even during warmer weather like when I was there in September, it can still be quite windy. Dressing in layers is good!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard March 12, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Jennifer, the entire experience was beautiful and surreal. 🙂

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