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Great Geysir (Great Geyser)
Great Geysir (Great Geyser)

Great Geysir (Great Geyser)

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Haukadalsvegur, Geysir

The Basics

The Great Geysir's activity has become sporadic in the recent past, noticeably increasing with earthquake activity in the region. However, the nearby Strokkur geyser erupts every 5 to 10 minutes, shooting a plume of hot water 45 to 90 feet (15 to 30 meters) in the air.

Both Geysir and Strokkur are best seen as a stop on a classic Golden Circle tour that covers the natural wonders of southern Iceland, whether with a group and guide or on your own. Other Golden Circle landmarks include Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and Seljalandfoss waterfall.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • A brief stop here is sufficient; just wait a few minutes to see Strokkur erupt.

  • You'll find a gift shop across the road from the geyser.

  • Take a comprehensive Golden Circle tour from Reykjavik to see more of Iceland's top sites.

  • The Geysir area is accessible for wheelchair users, thanks to wide boardwalks.

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How to Get There

The Great Geysir lies on the slope of Laugarfjall Hill, about 62 miles (100 kilometers) outside of Reykjavik. It takes about 90 minutes to reach by car from the city. Most people arrive as part of a guided Golden Circle tour of southern Iceland, the majority of which include round-trip transportation.

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When to Get There

Both Geysir and the Strokkur geyser erupt on their own schedule; you generally won't have to wait around too long to see a spout though and both erupt sporadically throughout the year.

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Iceland's Golden Circle

A staple on the Golden Circle, Iceland's Great Geysir is a must-see for many visitors. However, make the most of your time in the region and pay a visit to the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, and the Langjökull glacier. All of these striking natural attractions can be explored on tours from Reykjavik and beyond.

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