Geysir Things to Do

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    SAY HELLO TO THE TROLL

    by davidjo Written Jul 23, 2015

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    If you wander over to Geysir Hotel which is not so far from the car park you can meet the resident troll and he will be only too happy to have his photograph taken with you. Other possible photography opportunities would include an old cart, a vintage car and in the hotel's garden an interesting sculpture of two men wrestling.
    There was a sign on the car informing people not to open the doors or climb on it as it was private property, possibly belonging to the owner of the hotel.

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    ALL QUIET AT LITLI-GEYSIR

    by davidjo Written Jul 23, 2015

    Litli-Geysir (Little Geyser) will be the first geyser you come to after you have entered the gate, maybe less than 50 m on your left and the name is carved ion a rock. Litli Geysir no longer spouts but bubbles continually, but previously people would throw soap in the hole which sometimes caused it to erupt.

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    CAMERA READY, AND BE QUICK FOR STROKKUR !!!

    by davidjo Written Jul 23, 2015

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    We stopped at Geysir on our Golden Circle Tour and as i had never seen a geyser before i found it quite interesting. There are a few geysers but cross the road from the car park you can easily reach Strokkur an a couple of minutes. Strokkur is the most active of the geysers there and it spouts up to a height of 30 m every few minutes so you have to be ready with your camera to catch the perfect moment. Sometimes it may spout twice more a few seconds after the first time, but not quite so high. There is usually a crowd on onlookers with their camera ready trying to capture the moment when it spouts, and some folks have to wait until it spouts several times before they are satisfied with their photography. From the hot spring the water will bubble and the level will go up and down, but eventually a huge bubble of water will form and then it spouts.
    The first time Strokkur spouted was in 1789 after an earthquake, but who knows, it may have spouted in the past but could have been quiet for centuries. Since then the geyser has sometimes stopped spouting for a while or not spouted so high, being affected by earthquakes. But the problem was solved in 1963 when a 40 m hole was drilled from the bottom of its basin and has spouted ever since.

    The fifth photo is of a postcard which shows the geyser just before it spouts, as it is almost impossible to capture this moment with a camera

    at last it spouts bubbling away still bubbling the moment before the geyser spouts

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    Geysir - the original one.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jun 24, 2015

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    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 interval, is much smaller.

    Icelanders tried reviving Geysir by throwing soap into it and forced an eruption and from time to time it erupted. Then on 17th of June 2000 (our National day) we had a big earthquake (6,3 on Richter) and Geysir started erupting again, but much less frequently than Strokkur. But through the centuries Geysir has had its ups and downs.

    Never ever go within the boundaries of Geysir itself as it erupts about 3-5 times per day about 10 metres in the air. At least that is what it did after the earthquake, I don´t have exact info about if it is still doing it. Before it erupts thuds can be heard. I have seen people walking straight up to Geysir and looking into it!! This is extremely dangerous and in December 2008 a British couple was in grave danger and had to run away from Geysir as it was erupting. By chance an Icelandic tourist-guide was passing by and could warn them in the nick of time. I have visited the Geysir area many many times and never seen Geysir spout.

    Geysir now only spouts from time to time and has been fenced off, so one can walk closer up to it. I would love to see it spout, but as one never knows when it is going to happen then there are no photos of it spouting in recent times.

    Standing way too close to Geysir in 2010. Geysir in 2012. Geysir in 2013.

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    Hiking the mountain above the Geysir area.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jan 26, 2015

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    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 side of the hill is a valley.

    On the way you will find a beautiful view-dial and a sun-dial designed in 1965 by Jón J. Víðis. His assistant and nephew was Jakob J. Hálfdanarson, who is my father-in-law. I stop by all the view-dials I can find on my travels in Iceland and take photos of them for my collection.

    Directions: Follow the path leading from Konungshver straight up to Mt. Laugafell.

    Hiking to Mt. Laugafell The view-dial at Geysir Hiking to Mt. Laugafell On top of Laugafell. The view-dial at Geysir

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    Little Geysir - litli Geysir.

    by Regina1965 Updated Nov 27, 2013

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    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 meters.

    Soap has been frequently used to force the hot springs to spout - cannot be very environmently friendly though?

    Directions: By the south end of the Geysir area.

    Smi��ur - The Smith.

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    Konungshver hot spring.

    by Regina1965 Updated Nov 27, 2013

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    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 spout.

    If you look at the photos I have taken there through the years you will notice how the hot spring changes in colour.

    I by Konungshver in 2008. In 2010. In May 2013. October 2013. November 2013

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    Take a photo with a troll.

    by Regina1965 Updated Oct 18, 2013

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    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 before sunrise. So they are kind of in the past, Icelanders don't think they will encounter a big troll while travelling in Iceland - just the petrified ones. But there are so many tales in Iceland of encounters with the trolls - maybe they are still alive? And let´s not forget that they eat humans!

    So if you want a photo with a troll this is the place. JumpingNorman got his photo taken with the troll when he visited Iceland and so did I ;) And he merged our photos together - I love it, thanks Norman :)

    I visited the troll again in May and July 2013 with VT-members, and then a big chair had been placed by the troll.

    Directions: Above Geysir hotel by the road.

    I by the troll in 2010. A photo which JumpingNorman merged together :D In July 2013. With VT-members on the chair by the troll. With Dee

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    The Great Geysir

    by travelfrosch Updated Jun 2, 2013

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    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.

    Directions: On the far side of the path. Look for the large pool with the ropes well out from its edge.

    Website: http://www.geysircenter.com/

    Geysir erupts (a bit)... Geysir... not quite erupting...
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    Litli Geysir

    by travelfrosch Updated Jun 2, 2013

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    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.

    Website: http://www.geysircenter.com/

    bubble bubble bubble... gurgle...
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    Strokkur Ace

    by travelfrosch Updated Jun 2, 2013

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    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 pool bulges upward and a stream of water and steam breaks out. One final note: sometimes, you'll get a small eruption. After one of these, you will quite often get a much larger eruption a few seconds later -- be sure to keep your camera ready! :)

    Directions: In roughly the middle of the field. You should be able to spot it easily because most people will be standing around it. It's also quite likely to erupt while you're walking out to it.

    Website: http://www.geysircenter.com/

    Thar she blows!
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    Konungshver

    by travelfrosch Updated Jun 2, 2013

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    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.

    Website: http://www.geysircenter.com/

    Am I blue?
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    Visit Gullfoss

    by travelfrosch Updated Jun 2, 2013

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    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 batteries are fully charged.

    Directions: 10 km (6 miles) up Route 35 from the Geysir Center.

    Website: http://www.gullfoss.org/

    I'm impressed...
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    Look at the "Little Guys"

    by travelfrosch Updated Jun 2, 2013

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    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 steam. Beware: don't touch the pots, no matter how innocent they look. They are extremely hot.

    Website: http://www.geysircenter.com/

    A steamy spectacle Now that's a
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    Geysir

    by jmpncsu Written Jan 11, 2013

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    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 visited. Nearby, however, is Strokkur, another geyser that erupts every couple of minutes. This one will put on quite a show for visitors and you don't have to be terribly patient to wait for it. But don't get too close (past the barriers around the geysers and hot springs) as the water is very hot - 80 to 100°C. Besides Geysir and Strokkur, there are several other smaller hot springs and geysers. Konungshver is a cool hot spring near Geysir. It doesn't erupt but is near boiling hot. A trail behind Konungshver leads up to the top of Laugafell Mountain. This is a great place to get a view of the entire Geysir area and watch Strokkur erupt. Across the street from Geysir is a hotel with a restaurant and gift shop as well as restrooms.

    Directions: Just off Route 35 about 14 km southwest of Gullfoss

    Website: http://www.south.is/Ahugaverdirstadir/Skodastad/the-great-geysir

    Strokkur Erupting Geysir Geysir Area from Laugafell Konungshver Hot Spring Geysir
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