Geysir Hot Spring Area is one of my favorite stops along Iceland’s Golden Circle. Less than 2 hours drive from Reykjavik, you can reach this remarkable landmark easily by driving a car or taking a Golden Circle day tour.
In this travel guide, I’ll share Haukadalur valley (the Geysir area) and useful information to plan your trip to Geysir and Strokkur.
Haukadalur geothermal area
The Haukadalur geothermal area has a surface area of approximately 3 km² and became active more than 1000 years ago. It sits on the drifting outskirts of the Neovolcanic zone, resulting in sustained geothermal activities.
Haukadalur area boasts an abundance of hot springs and geysers, including the powerful Geysir, Strokkur, Smiður, and Litli-Strokkur. Therefore, it’s often known as Geysir hot spring area.
This valley of hot springs is also home to translucent blue pools, mud pots, and beautiful exotic-color mineral ponds.
Wandering around the area, you can spot several little geysers and small natural vents from which steam rises. I was also amazed at the colorful ground dyed brightly by sulfur (yellow), copper (green), and iron (red).
The Great Geysir Iceland
Geysir, or the Great Geysir, is located in South-west Iceland, in the geothermal area of Haukadalur Valley.
The famous Geysir gives its name to other similar ones around the world. Its circular pool is 18 m (60 feet) in diameter and 1.2 m (4 feet) deep.
Geysir has been relatively inactive for many years, except renewed activity in 2000 after an eruption at Mount Hekla.
While it’s rarely active, the water could reach up to 70 meters (230 feet) once it erupts.
The most active Geysir in Iceland is Strokkur, the main attraction in Haukadalur hot spring area.
Strokkur erupts boiling water as high as 30 meters (100 feet) every few minutes, making it a very remarkable scene to see.
What is the eruption time of Strokkur?
Strokkur usually spouts every 5 to 10 minutes between eruptions, and you may have to wait for 15 minutes on a rare occasion.
As each burst can vary and the height of the spout can change, you should watch it a few times to see the highest one.
What are the signs of eruptions you should watch out for?
While the period varies, you can watch out for some signs. If you see the surface of the pool boils a little more tense than usual, it’s a sign of an eruption.
Does it cost to visit Geysir?
No, you don’t have to pay an entrance fee to visit the Haukadalur geothermal area. However, you should follow these tips below to have the best experience.
Tips to visit Geysir and Strokkur
On your visit, I know it’s tempting to go near the geyser, but don’t! The steam is very hot. You should stay within the marked area and stay away from the geyser when it erupts.
Also, don’t crowd Strokkur, and always be careful when approaching hot springs or mud pots.
Stay on formal paths or established tracks. The ground may be treacherous, suddenly giving way beneath you.
Also, do not litter.
Best time to visit Geysir Geothermal Area
While the Geysir hot spring area opens every day, you should visit in the morning before 10 am or in the afternoon after 4 pm to avoid the crowd.
Also, for the best experience, you should avoid the high tourist season, which lasts from June to August. The geyser hot spring area will be filled with tourists most of the time.