Geysir Travel Guide

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     Interesting 

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     Sulphur scent 

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     A must see to any visitor to Iceland 

Geysir Things to Do

  • Little Geysir - litli Geysir.

    There are several small hot springs in the Geysir area, especially in the south end of the Geysir area. One of them is called Little Geysir (litli Geysir) and another one Smiður (the smith). Little Geysir is a small hole with bubbling water and Smiður is also always churning and bubbling. Sometimes soap is added to Smiður and it will spout up to 7...

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  • Konungshver hot spring.

    One of the hot springs in the Geysir area is called Konungshver or The King´s hot spring or The Royal hot spring. It is in the northwest end of the Geysir area above Geysir. It is named after the Danish king Christian IX, who visited Geysir in 1874 and was back then the king of Iceland.Its shaft is closed by stones which block it, so it doesn´t...

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  • Geysir - the original one.

    Geysir itself, which is the best known geysir in the world and gives its name to all the other geysirs, started spouting after a big eartquake, Suðurlandsskjálftinn, in the 13th century. Geysir stopped erupting in 1915, but it must have been a sight to see as it went about 60 metres into the air, but Strokkur, which is now spouting with a regular...

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  • Take a photo with a troll.

    Above the hotel at Geysir there is a troll - not an elf, as they look like humans - but a big troll :) We Icelanders not only believe in the existance of elves, we also believe in trolls. But that is a different kind of belief. Because we know that the elves are alive now, but the trolls we know of are all petrified as they didn't make it home...

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  • The Great Geysir

    The marquis draw is, of course, the Great Geysir. Unfortunately, Geysir stopped erupting regularly quite a few years ago. In the past couple of years, it has started erupting again, roughly once or twice a day, but the eruptions are nowhere near as impressive as in the past. The steaming pool is still quite a sight, though.

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  • Litli Geysir

    Next along the path is the "Little Geysir." While nowhere near as impressive as its "big brother," the little guy will simmer and sputter, and occasionally spurt out a fountain a few feet in the air. A worthwhile diversion while waiting for one of the bigger guys to erupt.

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  • Strokkur Ace

    Nowadays, the big draw is the Strokkur (or the Churn). It erupts quite regularly -- once every few minutes. The streams of water have been known to go as high as 30 meters (100 feet) in the air, but they don't always. Keep an eye on the pool: you will see it "breathe" right before an eruption, with the water dome pressing up and down. Finally, the...

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  • Konungshver

    Konungshver, or the king's hot spring, normally is just that -- a hot spring. It releases steam from time to time, and occasionally erupts, but it is normally known for its blue hue. Again, inviting as it may appear, don't even think about touching the water, unless you enjoy getting severely scalded.

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  • Smiður

    Smiður (or "the Carpenter") is one of the minor geysers in the complex. It didn't erupt while we were watching, but it did let off some steam.

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  • Visit Gullfoss

    If you're in a mood for a fairly long walk, you can make your way by foot from Geysir to the spectacular waterfall Gullfoss. Walk on Route 35 northward towards Kjölur for about 10 km (6 miles), and you will come upon the site, just as route 35 becomes Route F35 ("F" denotes four-wheel-drive vehicles only). All I can say is, be sure your camera...

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  • Look at the "Little Guys"

    The first things you'll see when you cross the road from the hotel or parking lot is a series of smaller, steaming pots. This area is known as Þykkuhverir, or "viscous hot springs." Some of these are artificially capped, presumably to provide steam to the complex. You'll notice a slight odor of rotten eggs from the sulfur mixed in with the emitting...

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  • Geysir

    Geysir is one of the main attractions on the popular Golden Circle route. We visited Geysir on our Golden Circle tour with Iceland Guided Tours. Geysir, from which the word geyser is derived, can be considered the "original" geyser. It used to erupt quite powerfully, but is no longer active. It might erupt occasionally, but didn't erupt when we...

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  • Gentle beasts

    Icelandic horses are all over the place but the most of them must be in Southern Iceland where the best grazing is. These beautiful creatures can be seen on your Golden (Moss) Triangle Tour with great ease. In case of personal control of the vehicle one can stop, admire and photograph these ancient animals which would give you a very curious look...

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  • Blesi - hot-spring.

    Blesi hot spring is one of the hot springs on the Geysir area. It doesn´t spout at the moment, I have actually never seen it spout, but I love the absolutely fabulous azure colour of this hot spring. You can see the same azure colour at The Blue lagoon as it comes from dissolved silica. And I have seen this colour as well at Leirhnjúkar at Mývatn....

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  • Hiking the mountain above the Geysir...

    For an excellent view of the Geysir area a short hike up Mt. Laugafell is recommended. Start from Konungshver hot spring and you will pass a panorama disk - and cross a fence with steps. It is not a difficult hike and from up there is an excellent view. Not everybody hikes up on this hill, but a reasonable amount of tourists go there. On the other...

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  • Experience a geyser up close

    This is a geyser that goes off every seven minutes or so, and you can be really close. Therefore, you can closely observe all of the stages of an eruption. Also, it generally is not surrounded by "Old Faithful" like crowds. It is not a small geyser which also makes it pleasant to view and photograph.

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  • Witness the majestic Strokkur

    Strokkur (meaning The Churn in Icelandic) is a geysir in the Haukadalur valley in southern Iceland. It is not as time-reliable as Old Faithful, but it does erupt about every 3 to 10 minutes. On the site, there is a sovenir shop, restaurant, campground and gas station.

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  • Gullfoss waterfall

    Close to Geysir there is Gullfoss. Up here you can find the most famous waterfall of Iceland. It falls down 32 meter. It is so massive. And reall spectacular to see. When you are walking to it, you can have showers from the waterfall. You can make great pictures of the waterfall when the sun is shining.

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Geysir Restaurants

  • Dinner With a View

    The restaurant at Geysir is of excellent quality but quite expensive. The advantage: a tremendous view of the thermal field. Enjoy your romantic dinner and watch Strokkur erupt every few minutes through the restaurant's picture window. Main courses are quite pricey -- from Kr 1550 for a veggie dish to Kr 3700 for Reindeer. To save some money, go...

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  • The national meat-broth and fast food.

    There is a souvenir-shop next to the Geysir hotel. In this shop there is also the Geysir geocentre and a restaurant. There you can get hamburgers and the normal fast-food, but also the national Icelandic meat-broth, which is very popular here.The Geysir hotel is next to the Geysir shop, and in that hotel there is a good restaurant, this restaurant...

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Geysir Transportation

  • Bus From Reykjavík

    Bílar og fólk Bus Line 2 runs twice daily June 1 - August 31 from Reykjavík bus station via Selfoss. Reykjavik Excursions also runs seasonal (June 15 - August 31) passenger (i.e., non-"Golden Circle" tour) service from Reykjavík via Þingvellir. Finally, roughly from June to August, Bílar og fólk also runs overland buses between Reykjavík and...

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  • Bus

    Most visitors who come here arrive via tour buses like this one. I wanted to try to see the sights of the Golden Circle Tour without actually joining a tour group, but when I calculated the costs of renting a car and doing it on my own, it really wasn't worth it. Unless you're traveling in a group or five or six people, renting a car isn't going to...

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    by acemj Updated Jun 3, 2007

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    Across the street from the geyser field, you'll find a hotel with a gift shop as well as the Geysisstofa (geysircenter.com), which has an earthquake simulator and an audio-video show that explains the geological wonders of Iceland.

    I grabbed a snack at the cafeteria, browsed through the expensive items at the gift shop and escaped the cold rain that picked up as we were observing the geyser eruptions.

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Geysir Warnings and Dangers

  • Stay on the paths!

    A very important thing to do in this area is to stay on the paths. I was told a dozen tourists or so every year get severely injured by straying from the paths and/or doing something stupid such as putting their hands in the water. Be aware the water in these vents is extremely hot -- sometimes even greater than 100C -- so don't even think about...

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  • Look, don't touch

    The geyser fields here are strewn with steaming earth, streams, trickles and pools of water. Some of the water is hot. Some is not, but you really never know what you're going to encounter, so try to resist the temptation to test the water with your finger. Water that is superheated by magma can easily burn our delicate human skin, so why take a...

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  • STAY ON THE PREPARED WAYS

    The ways are prepared and signed . D ´ont leave the ways , because you can be stuck in a softly ground . There is no help possible if you are burned

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Geysir Off The Beaten Path

  • Walk to Haukadalur

    A nice diversion is to walk down the gravel path to Haukadalur. While this entire area is technically the "Hawk Valley," the specific area I'm talking about is a nature preserve about a 2 km (1.5 mile) walk down a gravel path. In this area, you'll find a bird sanctuary, a church, and some pretty impressive views. When you get to the church, wander...

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  • Hike to Bjarnarfell

    Just off from the hot spring complex is a hill known as Bjarnarfell. If you follow the path up the hill, you can get to the top in about 30 minutes. From there, you can get excellent views of the Geysir area, as well as surrounding valleys. If you have time (which you won't normally on the "Golden Circle" day tours), it is very much worthwhile to...

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  • Why does water fly toward the sky?

    Geysers are caused by surface water seeping down through the ground until it meets rock that is heated by magma beneath the surface. There is a reservoir of water toward the bottom of the geyser column. After this water is heated beneath the ground, it rises back toward the surface by convection. The "plumbing" of the geyser has to be just right,...

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  • Geysers in action!

    Geysir national park is a lovely location in the inland of Iceland, there is a shop / restaurant, the beautifull nature and offcourse the hot water springs and geysers. It's a very touristic place. The most active geyser the "Strokkur" pumps up water every 4 to 8 minutes and 20 metres high.

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  • Geysir Centre...

    The close-up of the goat ! The sheep...Isn't it look so real ?Anyway, in this Information Centre we can also buy souvenirs, all prices, cheap to expensive...I didn't buy anything unfortunately...I saved it till later.Anyway, this was also my last photo in Geysir; After this photo was taken, I slowly walked down the stairs & ran to my bus...It was...

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