Geysir

A favorite stop along the Golden Circle is the highly active Geysir Hot Spring Area with boiling mud pits, exploding geysers and the lively Strokkur which spouts water 30 metres (100 ft) into the air every few minutes. The newly opened Geysir Center offers exhibits and informative presentations year round. Geysir Hot Spring Area is one of the most popular tourist stop in Iceland.

Strokkur geyser eruptingThe geothermal field is believed to have a surface area of approximately 3 km². Most of the springs are aligned along a 100m wide strip of land running in the same direction as the tectonic lines in the area, from south to southwest. The strip is 500m long and culminates near what once was the seat of the lords of Haukadalur.

The area became active more than 1000 years ago and comprises more than a dozen hot water blow holes. Although Geysir is less active these days, it did lend its name to hot springs all over the world. It was the first geyser described in a printed source and the first known to modern Europeans.

A truly unique experience offered is Geysir or ‘hot spring bread’, where visitors assist a chef to boil eggs outside in a hot spring, and dig up rye bread that has been ‘baking’ underground for 24 hours.

The great Geysir is not the only geyser in the Geysir hot spring area. The most active geyser in the area is called Strokkur. It sprouts hot water as high as 30 meters into the air every few minutes or so. 

How do geysers erupt?

The geysers in Haukadalur are situated in an active geothermal area. Due to underground plumbing system ground water comes into contact with hot bedrock and heats up, building pressure. When the water has reached peak temperature and pressure it sprouts out from the geyser, often up to 30m into the air. The water is extremely hot and for your own safety, keep your distance. The geysers are better enjoyed at some distance.

Strokkur geyser about to erupt

Does it cost to visit Geysir?

Travellers do not have to pay an entrance fee when visiting the Geysir area. Visitors are encouraged to stay within marked areas and keep away when the geyeser erupt, for the water is extremely hot and can burn. 

How to get to Geysir

Geysir is approximately 100km from Reykjavik, on route 35 or route 37 from Reykjavik/Thingvellir.

The Golden Circle

Geysir is a part of the famous Golden Circle along with Thingvellir National Park and Gullfoss Waterfall. Many travellers who visit Iceland visit these three great landmarks. A great addon to the Golden Circle is to visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall and the Black Sand Beach in Vik