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 about 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.
At the end of Route 37, turn left and take Route 35 northeast to Hótel Geysir, next to the hot springs.
Road 1 (The ring road)
The second option is via Road 1. This route will take you past Hveragerði town. Right before reaching Selfoss town, you should make a left turn onwards to Lake Laugarvatn.
You’ll also drive past Kerið Volcanic Crater and Faxi waterfall as you follow road 35 the rest of the way.
You can also get from Reykjavík to Geysir by bus. You can take Reykajvík Excursions’ “Iceland on Your Own” bus service between Reykjavík and Akureyri stops.
In summer, the bus departs daily at 8 am from the BSÍ bus terminal in Reykjavík. The journey takes about two hours, as the bus stops at major sites and waits 30 minutes so travelers can explore.
Places to stay near Geysir and Strokkur
Located just across the road from the geyser, this four-star hotel is an excellent place to stay. It offers comfortable and bright rooms and suites with stunning views. The onsite restaurant serves delicious breakfast and a buffet from noon till late.
This horse farm is located near Gullfoss and Geysir, providing both rooms and private cottages.
The rooms here are quite small but cozy. The main guesthouse has a shared small kitchenette with complimentary tea and coffee and shared separate bathrooms and showers.
If you travel in a group, a cottage would be a better choice. It is furnished with a small but fully equipped kitchen, a living room, a 2-bed bedroom, and a loft with 4 beds.
Camping sites near Geysir and Strokkur
Camping is an excellent way to spend a night in Iceland. You can find a few camping sites in the area.
Geysir Camping ground
You can find this camping ground opposite the Geysir Centre, just within a walking distance.
Facilities: It has Wifi, washing machines, toilets, shower facilities (500 ISK per shower), access to electricity (900 ISK), a golf course, and a kids’ play area.
Price: It costs 1800 ISK/night per adult.
Availability: It opens from the 15th of May to the 15th of September.
Skjól Camping Ground
Skjól site is located between Geysir and Gullfoss.
Facilities: It has a restaurant, Wifi, washing machines, toilets, shower facilities (500 ISK per shower), electricity (1000 ISK/ day), a golf course, and wheelchair accessibility.
Price: It costs 2000 ISK/night per adult.
Availability: It opens all year.
Úthlíð Camping Ground
This camping ground is located about 10 km (6.2 miles) from Geysir.
Facilities: You’ll have cooking equipment, WCs, showers, electricity (1000 ISK), a golf course, playground, and a swimming pool.
Price: Expect to pay 1500 ISK/night per adult.
Availability: It opens all year.
Best places to visit near Geysir
There are plenty of beautiful attractions to visit after Geysir.
A trip to Gullfoss is definitely a must, as the waterfall is just about 10 minutes drive from Geysir. Also, you should visit nearby places such as: