Geysir is a location where you’ll find many geysers and is part of the Golden Circle of Iceland. Geysir offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Strokkur geyser
- Konungshver geyser
- Blesi geyser
- The great geysir
- Laugarjall mountain (view of the geysers)
- Geysir visitor center and cafe
Geysir is just over an hours drive from Reykjavik, so you will probably stay in the capital and visit Geysir on a day trip. One very good reason to stay at Geysir would be to photograph the geysers at night with the northern lights in the sky. This photograph would take an incredible amount of luck and skill. There are camping options at Geysir too.
The word geyser means ‘a periodically spouting hot spring’ which is exactly what Strokkur geyser is (above). The english word came from Geysir which came from the Icelandic verb, geysa. Geysa in Icelandic means ‘to flow’. Every geyser you have already visited or will visit in the future got it’s name from Geysir, Iceland.
The main attraction at Geysir is the Strokkur geyser which doesn’t disappoint. Strokkur geyser erupts every 5 minutes so you are guaranteed to see it erupt several times as you explore the area. There will be lots of tourists waiting around to take selfies and pose in front of Strokkur which can be annoying, thankfully the other geysers are not so crowded.
Blesi geyser does not erupt often or to a regular schedule but it’s a better looking geyser than Strokkur. It consists of 2 colored pools of boiling, bubbling, steaming hot water. The shot I took (above) was taken as Strokkur was erupting in the distance. If the wind is blowing in the wrong direction when you are passing Blesi you won’t be able to see a thing for the steam. The steam doesn’t have such a pleasant smell either.
Konungshver is another significant geyser, you’ll also find a geyser named Geysir nearby which is very similar looking. There are many bubbling mud pits in the geothermal area too. In total you can see the whole Geysir geothermal area in less than an hour.
At Geysir you’ll find free parking and can make use of the visitor center which has free and very clean bathrooms. In the visitor center I recommend you try the chocolate cake, having said that there is a whole bakery in there in case you fancy something more substantial.
The drive to Þingvellir National Park should take less than an hour and you’ll pass fields full of the famous Icelandic horses on this route. When you see an Icelandic horse remember that you are driving on a public road and not to suddenly stop or worse still park in the middle of the road.
Þingvellir to Reykjavík