Geysers, Horses, and a Giveaway

After sharing my experience of trying to get the perfect shot of Strokkur, a geyser at Haukadalur, and my failure to do so, today I want to talk about the geyser park in general. When I first read about it I was super excited. As a kid, we went to Yellowstone almost every summer. And even though the geysers were not my favorite part since they stink, I still enjoyed seeing them. And if you’ve never smelled a geyser, trust me, if you have a sensitive nose you may not like it. The mud pots got to me the most. Nevertheless, I was still excited to see more geysers. And to see them in Iceland—that’s even cooler in my book. By the way, the hot water in the country is heated using geothermal water and each time I showered it smelled like a geyser. The water is perfectly safe to shower in and to drink. Not that I drink my shower water.

What struck me first was how small the park is. I should have guessed this since Iceland is not that big to begin with. I’m not saying I wouldn’t recommend it. In fact I do. I’m just saying, it’s nothing like Yellowstone so be prepared. And it’s just off the highway. You can see most of it from your car if you don’t want to get out. Why you would do this I’m not sure.

We crossed the street and started to explore. Here are some photos.

I noticed people hiking to the top, so I had to as well.


The better half wasn’t enjoying the cold and the wind. When it got muddy, well, I was on my own.

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The view of the geysers from above was beautiful.

A good time to blow one’s nose.


And here’s the view of the other side. No geysers, but horses. When I rejoined the better half I said, “You missed seeing some horses.” I got the so what I grew up on a ranch look. I grew up in a city and hardly ever saw horses so I was excited. And I hardly ever see Icelandic horses.

Time to head back to the bus for our final stop of the tour: the national park Pingvellir.

This next bit has nothing to do with geysers or horses. Regann wrote a wonderful review for my novel, A Woman Lost. Also, she’s hosting a giveaway. Hop on over for a chance to win an ebook copy of A Woman Lost. The giveaway ends in two days.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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65 Responses to Geysers, Horses, and a Giveaway

  1. Beth Ann says:

    I love geysers, too! And horses. I would be your perfect traveling companion. 🙂 But let my NYC blisters heal up first before we take a trek. Great pics, as always!

    • TBM says:

      Blisters! Oh no. You can walk for miles and miles in NY and still not see everything. I feel your pain. Let me know when you’re better–I’m sure we can find some horses in the Caribbean. I could use a few days on a beach.

  2. My sister and I spent a day in Iceland on the way to Europe, and I really enjoyed it. We explored the national museum in a jet-lagged fog, and saw geysers from the airplane. One day I’d like to go back.
    Your novel sounds intriguing. Congratulations on a very good review.

    • TBM says:

      I bet the geysers looked neat from the plane. We flew in early in the morning and it was raining so we didn’t see them from up above. I hope you go back. And thanks for your kind words.

  3. lulu says:

    This reminds me of my visit to Iceland where fields of geysers were not uncommon.

  4. bulldog says:

    Wish we had some of these here… I’d spend days trying to get the perfect photo…

  5. Valentina says:

    I agree Yellowstone is a beautiful park, I visited it twice. You are so close to Italy, you should go to the Solfatara in Pozzuoli, around the Amalfi coast.

  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    It’s beautiful, I probably wouldn’t hack the cold wind either!

  7. Carol says:

    I have never seen a geyser in real life. I would love to go to Yellowstone one day, but I doubt I’ll ever make it to Iceland.

    • TBM says:

      Yellowstone is awesome. Not only do you have the geysers, but there’s excellent hiking and other outdoor activities. If you go, swing by the Tetons as well. It’s about 3 hours away and the mountains are stunning. One of my favorite places.

  8. It really is beautiful and I would have loved to have seen Icelandic horses. But I would have been whining about climbing up that hill. Somebody would have had to push me up!

    • TBM says:

      The hill wasn’t that bad actually. At first when I saw it from below I thought it would be much harder. It wasn’t. It levels off in the right places. And just in case you don’t want to climb it, you can see horses along the highway so no worries.

  9. Anna says:

    Lovely pictures. Very interesting to read about the heated tap water too! That was something new for me.

  10. Robin says:

    Wonderful images! My other half is the same way about wind and cold, and I often end up having to go off on my own in those conditions. I’ve only seen one geyser (in California) and it was a small one. Would love to go to Iceland some day to see them there.

    • TBM says:

      Where in California? That rings a distant bell. Wind, cold, and mud are not a great mixture and I totally understand. Vacations should be fun and if one isn’t having fun then by all means, head to the restaurant and have a coffee to warm up. I hope you visit Iceland!

      • Robin says:

        It’s the Old Faithful Geyser in Calistoga. Privately owned, I think. It was an unusually cold, windy, and rainy day. We were on our way to Napa for some wine tasting (a good activity on a cold, windy, and rainy day).

      • TBM says:

        Ah, I haven’t spent any time in Napa or near it. Now you’ve given me another reason to go!

  11. You had to drink water that smelled like a geyser? Oh, I would have to buy lots of bottled water.
    Yellowstone kind of dwarfs everything else, but this looks like a cool place to visit. I know that “Iceland” is a misnomer, but it still surprised me to see horses there!

    • TBM says:

      We had lots of bottled water and beer. I was surprised to see horses and we stopped at a tomato greenhouse. That shocked me. I don’t associate any type of farming, including greenhouse, with Iceland. But it works! And the tomato soup we had was awesome!

  12. I suppose I got used to the “rotten egg” smell of the water but it took a while. Each time I turned the shower on in our hotel room, I noticed it. Not pleasant. But so worth it!

    And Yellowstone is on my bucket list!!

    • TBM says:

      I was surprised by how strong the smell was in the shower. I was warned, but you have to experience it to really understand. But I would love if England did that since it’s better for the environment.

      Yes, Yellowstone is a must!

      • I also meant to say…I hope you are settling into your apartment. Do you like your new neighborhood?
        More importantly, is Miles finding enough tennis balls in the parks around your new place?

      • TBM says:

        He’s found two tennis balls in the last week and a soccer ball that had a hole in it. He carried the thing all the way home, even though it’s the same size as he is. A very happy dog. We really like the peace and quiet in our new place. Haven’t seen one tourist!

  13. Novroz says:

    That’s a beautiful view! worth the muddy hike.
    Hahaha I understand your feeling about seeing horses, I also enjoy seeing animals I never seen before.

    • TBM says:

      I’m like a kid, I enjoy seeing any animal or any part of nature. If it wasn’t so cold the better half would have enjoyed it as well.

      • Novroz says:

        Hahaha I wonder how cold it was…you who live in winter said it was cold, how bout me who live in tropical island…I bet I would say it’s freezing 😉

      • TBM says:

        I bet you would have thought it was freezing. It was actually snowing at higher elevations that day, so my guess is quite cold. The wind was the worst part. It cut right through you.

  14. aFrankAngle says:

    Looks like another planet!

  15. poppytump says:

    So much flat in a Volcanic region .
    Lovely raw naturalness in these shots TBM .. can’t feel the raw wind though 😉
    Indeed it looks a great place to visit .
    Wondering if have I missed the decision on the trip for next Easter time ? …

  16. Caroline says:

    Wild horses are such a lovely thing.
    I didn’t know about the smell of the water. Brrr.

  17. Vishy says:

    Nice pictures, TBM! It is interesting that water is heated in Iceland using geothermal water. Have you read Bill Bryson’s ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’? He says something fascinating – quite mind blowing actually – about Yellowstone National Park.

    • TBM says:

      I haven’t read it yet. I recently picked up a few of his books and last night I was browsing his Made in America. but I don’t have a copy of his History yet. I’ll keep an eye out for one in the charity shops. I would love to learn more about Yellowstone.

  18. You take the best pictures 🙂 I want to go and sit there right now. I’m sick of working – I want to travel!

  19. Fergiemoto says:

    It looks like a beautiful place! Nice photo tour!
    I do enjoy visiting the geysers, but I’ve only been to Yellowstone.

    • TBM says:

      Yellowstone will always have a special place in my heart. I went so many times when I was a kid and still remember feeling awed by it.

  20. Jo Bryant says:

    We have geysers here in Rotorua…that remind me of this. It is all very low key, but i like that

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