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To Gush or not to Gush

Geysir is the spot in Iceland with the most active hot-springs and geysers. The name of the place actually gave us the word ‘Geyser’. In Icelandic, ‘Geysir’ means ‘to gush’… and indeed that is what they do. This attraction is one of the highlights on the Golden Circle Tour.

The main attraction used to be the huge geyser ‘Geysir’ which rarely spouts these days. It happens less than once a year and you would be extremely lucky to see it. It used to be a regular occurrence until a powerful earthquake rearranged the plumbing. It was discovered that the adding of soap powder could stimulate an eruption and this practice was reserved for dignitaries until she finally gave up the ghost.

Strökkur is described as Geysir’s little brother. The eruptions are more frequent and occur around every 15 minutes. The photographic challenge is to either capture the bubble which occurs just before eruption or to capture the height of eruption. The scene just after eruption is just a veil of mist. Camera settings to capture and freeze the movement are usually very fast shutter speeds of at least 1/125, but sometimes I have experimented with slower shutters to achieve slightly more original shots.

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Photo tours that visit Geysir

Two day Golden Snæfellsnes

This 2 day Iceland Photo Tour with erupting geysers, waterfalls & sea cliffs & then stay in a fishing village waiting for auroras on the Snæfellsnes peninsular

Four day Geysirs & Glaciers

This four day Photo Tour of the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, South coast, Jökulsárlón and Höfn offer a huge range of photo opportunities.

Five day Beautiful South

This photo tour combines the Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsular , South coast & Jökulsarlon photo tours to give a complete South Iceland experience.

6 day Diamonds & Dragons

This multi-day tour will take you around the best of South & West Iceland in six days. Touring from North West to South East with many top photo locations.

Seven day Full Circle

Iceland has a rich variety of landscapes and seascapes and this tour is designed to enhance that variety & capture Iceland’s full diversity.

Golden Circle

Geysir is the home of the original Geyser. Geysir doesn’t erupt often, but his little brother Strokkur should offer several eruptions on this photo tour.

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Strokkur eruption #Iceland

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