Geysir is a location where you’ll find many geysers and is part of the Golden Circle of Iceland. Whilst visiting Geysir Iceland you’ll discover why it’s also known as the Great Geysir. Things to see in Geysir include;
- Strokkur Geyser
- Konungshver Geyser
- Blesi Geyser
- Geysir visitor center and cafe
- Gullfoss Falls
Geysir is just over an hours drive from Reykjavik, so you’ll 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. As a matter of fact, this photograph would take an incredible amount of luck and skill. Furthermore, there are camping options at Geysir too.
The word geyser means ‘a periodically spouting hot spring’ which is exactly what Strokkur geyser does. The english word came from Geysir which came from the Icelandic verb, geysa. Geysa in Icelandic means ‘to flow’. As a result, every geyser in the world which got its name from Geysir, Iceland.
How often does Strokkur Geyser Erupt?
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 Strokkur to take selfies and pose during its eruptions. For this reason, Strokkur is a top Iceland Instagram spot. Lastyly, the other geysers are not so crowded neither do not they erupt regularly.
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 towards you when you’re 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.
Geysir Visitor Center
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’s a whole bakery in there in case you fancy something more substantial.
A 10 minute drive east of Geysir are the beautiful Gullfoss Falls. You cannot visit Geysir without visiting one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Read about Gullfoss Falls on my travel blog.
How to get from Geysir to Thingvellir
The drive to Thingvellir 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’re driving on a public road therefore don’t suddenly stop or worse still, park in the middle of the road. Enjoy the picturesque ride to Thingvellir.