Photographer's Note

Geysir is one of the main attractions on Icelandīs most popular sightseeing tour, the Golden Circle. All of the world's spouting hot springs are named after Geysir in Iceland - in all languages other than Icelandic, the word “geysir” or “geyser” names the phenomenon. In Icelandic, itīs just the name of that single geyser, and although the word refers to all geysers in general, thereīs only one real Geysir and that’s the one in south-west Iceland.

The first tales of the Great Geysir date back to the year 1294 when a powerful earthquake shook the southern lowlands of Iceland and changed the geothermal area in Haukadalur valley. Reports found in the written annals stating that "large hot springs" were formed, are now thought to indicate that the hot springs started to spout.

The fame of the area increased in the following centuries, especially that of the Great Geysir itself. This was not surprising as erupting geysers were at the time not known in Europe outside Iceland. The geysers in Yellowstone and New Zealand had obviously not been discovered at that time.

During the centuries after 1294 the intensity of the thermal areas evidently increased after large earthquakes, striking on average


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  • Copyright: Leszek Stefaniuk (jabumbum) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 428] (1308)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2015-07-20
  • Categories: Nature
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  • Date Submitted: 2015-08-05 4:20
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