The namesake of all geysers the hot spring of Geysir is in the Haukadalur valley in Southern Iceland. The entire area is geologically active with geysers shooting boiling water up into the air and volcanoes. A visit to Geysir is exhilarating; whilst the geyser is intermittent one can get up close and personal with this natural phenomenon. Nearby Strokkur hurls its water at five-minute intervals.
Temperatures are cool in summer and mild in winter, however the weather is volatile and you could easily experience all four seasons in one day. Rainfall is highest in October and February. Tourist season peaks from mid June to August. The warmest month being July with temperatures in the mid twenties C.
The land of the midnight sun, in early summer the sun never sets and stays low on the horizon. Spring and autumn have roughly the same daylight time as Europe and North America; winter has approximately four to five hours of sunlight. The Aurora Borealis is remarkable in winter, be warned that some roads to the rural areas may be closed from October to mid May.
By Air: International flights from Europe and United States (New York) land at Keflavik International Airport, which is about forty-five minutes from Reykjavik, the capital. Flying time from London is approximately two and half-hours, from New York five hours.
By Sea: The ferry between Iceland and Europe leaves from Hirtshals in Denmark and disembarks at Seydisfjordur on the east coast of Iceland. This is a car and passenger ferry and takes 2 to 3 nights depending on the schedule. The drive from Seydisfjordur to Reykjavik is approximately nine hours.
Iceland does not have a rail system and beware of the condition of the highways. Southern Iceland is serviced by a ring road called “The Golden Circle” with villages
By Car: Self drive - You will need an international drivers license and proof of third-party insurance. You may purchase a policy on arrival. Filling stations in and around Reykjavik are open 07:30 – 20:00 some until 23:00, further out of the main centre the opening hours may be erratic, and look for Automats for self-service.
Car Hire: These are found at the Airport or major towns.
By Air: Domestic airlines provide services during winter, as motoring may be difficult. Daily flights are scheduled in the summer to the most popular destinations.
By Bus: There is a comprehensive bus service throughout Iceland.
The geothermal area has been active for over 10 000 years. Geysir is the oldest of hot springs. The name ‘geysir’ is first mentioned in writing in 18thcentury as an unusual phenomenon. The geyser is activated by earthquake eruptions. In 1935 a channel was dug through the geyser vent, this lowered the water table and revived the geyser activity. This was repeated in 1981 to stimulate eruptions.
After the 2000 earthquake Geysir erupted with its highest known spray reaching 122 meters. Today the eruptions have decreased to only three to five eruptions per day. Nearby Geysir is “little geyser” called Strokkur, which erupts every few minutes reaching up to 30 meters. There are dozens of smaller geysers in the area including hot pools.
Discovering South Iceland is enchanting, here history is in every footstep. Enjoy the rugged vistas with geothermal phenomena. A country for all seasons.
Geysir is a view site and therefore is not in a village. The Geysir Centre complex is located at the geyser and provides services and accommodation. Restaurants, swimming pool, shops and the Geysir museum. There are also facilities for horse rental and camping sites.
The nearest village Uthlio is ten minutes drive from Geysir with cottages and a camping site.
The Golden Circle is 300km looping from Reykjavik into central Iceland. This can be accomplished in a day with an overnight stay. Suggest staying in Reykjavik and day tripping to Geysir, as other than the geyser there is not much to see and do.
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