Experience Earth's cauldron of boiling water - Geysir Geothermal Area. Located on the Golden Circle Route, Geysir Area hot springs including Strokkur put on an epic show. Join a reliable Golden Circle Tour to visit the Geothermal Area.
Geysir Geothermal Area is an undisputed highlight in the Iceland travel landscape. There's nothing quite like standing next to one of its spectacular hot springs. Watching the Geysir hot spring erupt and submerge back into the crystal-clear waters. It's just amazing!
The great Geysir has been gloriously quiet in recent years. Its silence can still give you goosebumps. Nearby, its little brother Strokkur still puts on the show, thrusting water up into the heavens every 10 minutes!
From witnessing natural wonders first-hand to exploring hidden gems, there is something special about this region that draws visitors worldwide. This quick guide will give you insider tips on enjoying your trip to Geysir hot spring area!
What Is Geysir Geothermal Area?
Geysir Area, Iceland is a remarkable geologic marvel that demonstrates the immense power of Earth's volcanic forces.
What Is Geysir?
Geysirs or geysers are extraordinary natural phenomena, where powerful jets of water burst from the ground! Not a tranquil hot spring to bathe in but rather violent eruptions that can shoot up thousands of feet into the air. An unforgettable experience for sure!
Steeped in history, Iceland's Great Geysir has been around for centuries - as far back as 800 years ago! During that time, eruptions were regular and even more powerful than what is seen today.
Therefore, when visiting the area of this incredible natural phenomenon visitors can enjoy a walk down memory lane to see firsthand the important historic site it once was.
Witness the breathtaking sight of a fountain of water soaring up to 70 meters (230 feet) into the sky - you'll be lucky if this majestic geyser decides to perform for you! Of course, sadly its reliability has decreased in recent years.
Meaning Of Geysir
The word Geysir is derived from the Icelandic verb "geysa," which means "to gush." With its name translating to "the one who gushes," Geysir is a breathtaking, geothermal marvel.
Where Is Geysir Geothermal Area Located?
On Route 35, southwest of Iceland lies Haukadalur Valley: home to the captivating Geysir and Strokkur. Both are part of the renowned Golden Circle Route which also features Thingvellir National Park and Gullfoss Waterfall.
Located just 1.5 hours away from the bustling city of Reykjavik via a scenic road towards Iceland's Highlands, this destination is conveniently accessible by car or coach.
For those looking for exact coordinates, Geysir is precisely located at 64.3104° N and 20.3024° W.
How To Get To Geysir Geothermal Area?
Experience the awe-inspiring geothermal springs at Geysir, Reykjavik's beloved hot spring area, by taking a professionally driven car by a reliable service or on your own car.
Traveling On Car
The Geysir Geothermal Field is a stone's throw away from Reykjavik! It only takes about an hour and 45 minutes to get there by car. Here are the routes in case you are traveling in a car.
The most well-traveled path is the Þingvallavegur route (route 36).
You'll traverse Mosfellsdalur valley and Thingvellir National Park before taking a left on Route 365, then another left onto Route 37 at Lake Laugarvatn. Lastly, make one more turn to the left along Route 35 which leads you northeast towards Hótel Geysir - right next to the hot springs!
If you decide to take Road 1, the route will lead through Hveragerði town before heading left towards Lake Laugarvatn. As an additional bonus, this path also offers views of Kerið Volcanic Crater and Faxi waterfall along road 35 until you reach your destination in Selfoss town.
Traveling With A Service
In case you are traveling with a professional and reliable service like Golden Circle Day Tours, you do not have to worry about anything! Usually, it comes with a bus or a even private vehicle, depending on your choice.
You will be accompanied by a travel guide and a licensed driver to safely take you to Geysir hot spring area.
8 Must-See Spots At Geysir Geothermal Area
Now that you have arrived at Geysir Geothermal Area, here are 8 must-see spots to explore:
1 - Great Geysir
The Great Geysir is the real OG!
Dating back to the beginning of its description in printed sources, The Great Geysir has become renowned for inspiring hot springs around the world. Even today, it is one of only two geysers that are internationally recognized: Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park and itself.
From accounts of the 19th century, it is believed that at its peak, this famous Geyser could reach a staggering height of 170 meters (558 ft)! All these years later, seismic activity in this region still affects Geysir.
In 2000 an earthquake stirred the geothermal area and for some time afterward- eruptions occurred multiple times per day. As of now, however, Geysir has become largely dormant though other hot springs remain active.
2 - Strokkur
Strokkur, or the Churn as it is more commonly known, is one of Iceland's liveliest spouting springs. Every few minutes its waters reach heights between 10-20 meters. On rare occasions, when the geyser erupts, it can even go up to 40 meters!
Although we may not know much about this spring's past history yet, we can certainly appreciate the power and beauty in front of us today.
It was activated by an earthquake in Southern Iceland back in 1789, although it could have very well been active before then. The following year, this active geyser spring exhibited its immense power as water and steam surged out with tremendous force!
After that point, the geyser had become relatively quiescent until recently when activity picked back up again.
Is There Any Eruption Time For Strokkur?
To witness the full majesty of Strokkur, take your time and watch a few eruptions. Between spouts, you'll usually only need to wait around 5-10 minutes; on rare occasions, the delay maybe 15 minutes or more.
Each burst differs in size and strength—so patiently observe several surges to catch its highest jetting point!
3 - Konungasteinar Stones
These stones have been standing here for centuries! Konungasteinar, or Three Stones, commemorates three regal rulers who visited Geysir: Christian IX (1874), Christian X (1921), and Frederik VIII (1907). These monoliths guard the initials of Iceland's sovereigns.
4 - Blesi Hot Spring
Blesi, also known as the Blue Geyser, is a small hot spring located in Geysir Geothermal Area. Though Blesi doesn’t spout like many of the other springs here, its blue hue radiates from the pool and makes for quite the mystical sight!
Fun Fact: The Blesi hot spring splits into two, creating an ethereal vision resembling a vibrant pair of blue eyes or glasses.
5 - Konungshver- The Royal Spring
One of the hot springs in the Geysir geothermal area is called Konungshver - the King's hot spring or the Royal hot spring. It is at the west end of the Geysir geothermal area above Geysir and Blesi It is named after the Danish King Christian IX, who visited Geysir back in 1874.
Konungshver made its debut two decades after the king's pilgrimage in 1896, following an intense earthquake. At first, it erupted a meter high into the air; however, over time it gradually decreased in size until no longer visible.
At the base of Konungshver, there could be some boulders obstructing the shaft. Nevertheless, after experiencing tremors in 2000, Konungshver has become alive with surges as tall as 1-1.5 meters!
Fun Fact: Konungshver changes color!
6 - Smiður - The Carpenter
Before the royal visit of Danish King Frederik VIII, Smiður - the Carpenter was a merely bubbling hot spring. But then a carpenter dug out its waters and it began to churn most impressively! And, it bubbles up till today!
7 - Mt. Laugarfjall
Mt. Laugarfjall is a popular and fairly easy hiking trail right next to Geysir Geothermal Area. The hike is about 5.5 kilometers round trip and goes up to a ridge with sweeping views of Geysir Geothermal Area, Hekla Volcano, and the surrounding area.
It provides an excellent view of the Geysir Geothermal Area from a different perspective.
Campsites At Geothermal Area
Yes! You can camp at the Geothermal region in the Haukadalur Valley!
Imagine camping in the cold Icelandic nights while the Geysir warms you!
There are three camping sites around Geysir hot spring area.
- Skjól Camping Area (Open Year Round)
- Geysir Camping Site (Open from May To September)
- Úthlíð Camping Ground (Open Year Round)
You can find restaurants, wifi, pools, showers, electric facilities, and different activities. Plus, the camping sites have wheelchair accessibility.
Best Time To Visit Geysir Hot Spring Area
Geysir hot spring area is open all day, but if you want to really enjoy the experience without hordes of tourists around, it's best that you visit either before 10 am or after 4 pm.
To make your trip even more memorable and enjoyable, we recommend that you choose a time outside June-August - the peak tourist season when this place will likely be teeming with visitors.
Geysir Geothermal Area Opening Hours
Geysir Geothermal Area is accessible 24/7.
Basic Cost Of Visiting Geysir Geothermal Area
Here is a breakdown.
The cost of traveling to Geysir Geothermal Area depends on how you are traveling. If you are driving in your car, only the fuel cost will incur.
However, if you are opting for a tour service, it depends on the package. We suggest choosing an affordable package from the range of tours by Golden Circle Day Tours.
There is no entrance fee for the Geysir Geothermal Area.
Access to the Geysir Geothermal Area's parking lot is completely free of charge.
Important Safety Tips At Geysir Geothermal Area
When you reach Geysir Geothermal Area, there is a warning board.
It says, "YOU ARE HERE AT YOUR OWN RISK!"
That means you need to be responsible and follow the safety precautions.
Below, we have jotted down some additional important precautionary tips for you.
Here are some safety precautions to ensure a safe trip.
- Take caution in the Geysir area, as it is a high-temperature geothermal field with water temperatures reaching between 80 and 100 degrees Celsius.
- Make sure to stay within designated boundaries and never come into contact with the hot liquid.
- Be sure to avoid areas near the hot springs, as they can be dangerous. Be aware of the area and watch your step at all times.
- It is advisable to wear sturdy shoes that provide a good grip on the terrain.
- Always walk on the marked paths only.
- Do not throw litter and coins in any of the springs.
- It is advisable to remain a safe distance away from the boundary rope since hot water droplets may blow your way even while standing far back.
Time To Plan Your Trip To Geysir Geothermal Area!
Now you know Geysir Geothermal Area well! It is time to plan your trip.
As we mentioned earlier, there are two ways to visit this Geothermal Area. Either by car or by booking a service.
If you are traveling in your own car, it is up to you! Although, it can cost a bit more.
If you are planning to opt for a service, here's what you need to know.
Here's the deal. We suggest visiting Geysir Geothermal Area as a part of a bigger tour package. This way, you can save money, enjoy guided tours, meet new people, and visit more than one spot. Now, that sounds like a great deal.
Pro Tip: Look for any Golden Circle tour. Because such tours cover the 3 main Icelandic attractions including Geysir.
Let us save you time. Golden Circle Day Tours offers a variety of Golden Circle Tours.
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Each tour comes with its own mix of adventurous activities.
Here are two guided Golden Circle tours.
1 - Golden Circle Atv Day Tour (ISK 30800 Per Person)
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