Environment Minister Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson signed a declaration protecting Geysir hot spring and the Geysir area on Iceland’s National Day yesterday. The goal of protecting the area is to conserve its distinctive landscape, hot springs, micro-organisms, and flora, which is unique on a global scale.
“There are few things more appropriate than to declare Geysir and the Geysir area protected on Icelandic National Day itself,” stated Guðmundur Ingi. “As the Geysir area is one of the best-known geyser areas on Earth I consider its protection to be a global event and Icelanders can be proud of making the decision to protect the area for current and future generations, everywhere in the world.”
The Geysir area is named after one of its many geysers – and the word geyser in fact originated from Geysir. One form of silica that is often found around hot springs and geysers is also called geyserite. Eruptions at Geysir can reach 70 metres into the air, but they are infrequent and can stop for years at a time. The nearby Strokkur, however, erupts more regularly, approximately every 6-10 minutes.
The Environment Minister signed the declaration in a ceremony on site, complete with a performance by a local men’s choir and guests from the local area.