Often tourists mix up two hot springs or geysers – the artificial and more active Leppaluði borehole and dormant Grýla – once impressive geyser which is located just some 500 m to the south.
Map of the site
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Both hot springs are located near Hveragerði town – an unusual town which is built over such springs.
Leppaluði is not a natural spring – this is a borehole that was constantly erupting hot water up to 10 – 12 m high. There is concrete around the borehole – thus it even does not look too natural.
This borehole is named after the husband of legendary ogress Grýla – Leppaluði.
Since the formerly active Grýla geyser is inactive today, some tourists happen to confuse the recently active Leppaluði with the nearby Grýla.
- Dirk Niemann, Hveragerði and Grændalur, Volcanic Springs. Accessed on April 17, 2019.
Leppaluði borehole is included in the following article:
This list of all active geysers of Iceland includes some 26 active geysers as well as 38 other features – former geysers and geyser-like landmarks.
Hasty hydrogeologista would say: geysers are thermodynamically and hydrodynamically unstable hot springs. “Normal” people would say – geysers are hot springs which at more or less regular intervals shoot up a fountain of boiling water and steam. Sometimes these fountains are even 100 m tall… or even 450 m!
Iceland is very rich with peculiar natural landmarks and the island contains also interesting cultural landmarks. The highlights of Iceland are the magnificent waterfalls as well as geysers and other geothermal features.
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