Iceland Travel Blog with National Geographic
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Day 3 - The Golden Circle of Iceland - Gullfoss Falls, Geysir, Thingvellir National Park and Videy Island
We have been enjoying the sighs, smells and sounds of Iceland very much. I am not sure why, but the air has a freshness unlike any place I have ever been. Perhaps it is because the city runs on the geothermal energy and there is very little exhaust being put in the air to run the city. There is never any harsh traffic - rush hour means there is another car passing you on the road. It is quite a welcome change from the fast pace, congestion and sounds of Chicago.
Thingvellir National Park
The video is of Mr. S. first walking through the park. At the very end is a geyser eruption! Walk along with me.. This one was much smaller than the one photographed.
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I like the geysers. How often do they erupt?
7/22/2015 01:24:57 am
Different geysers need to have time to build up their pressure far under the earth's crust. So there is a give and take between the very hot lower temperatures and the cooler upper temperatures. Some are very, very regular. Some not so much. However, you can tell when they are going to blow. The water resting on top starts to slowly bubble and then a mounding of the water happens... and then BALOOOOOWEEEEE! The geyser goes off for a minute. This geyser blew up at least a 100 feet into the air!
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Mr. Szymanski is a First Grade Teacher at Walt Disney Magnet School in Chicago, IL. He is a 2014 National Geographic Grosvenor Teaching Fellow. Last December, he traveled to Antarctica and shared the experience with his students through his Antarctica Blog.