Visiting the Great Geysir in Iceland

Iceland is home to some of the most amazing natural phenomena in the world, including active volcanoes and several gushing geysers. The Great Geysir is probably one of the most famous in the world, and it has become an attraction unlike any other in Iceland. If you’re planning a trip to this wild, beautiful country in the near future, it’s highly advisable that you include the Great Geysir in your sightseeing plans.


The Great Geysir’s History

This geyser has been active for almost ten thousand years, with several instances of violent eruptions throughout the years. Some of the most incredible events throughout history have been a result of earthquakes in the area. The earliest written account dates back to the year 1294, and an eruption documented in 1630 rattled the surrounding valley. Before the early 1900s, the geyser erupted every sixty minutes, but an earthquake rendered it dormant. Another earthquake awakened the geyser again in June of 2000 but it has now again become dormant.  It’s safe to say that this amazing geyser is one of the top sights to see when visiting Iceland. Though it has a long and storied history, it’s still relevant and exciting today.


Don’t Miss Strokkur

Though the Great Geysir is the more famous of the two, you can enjoy Strokkur, which erupts every eight minutes. The geyser isn’t quite as large or impressive as the Great Geysir, but you do have a chance to see several eruptions during your visit.

Strokkur Geyser, Iceland from Diego on Vimeo.


Enjoying the Golden Circle

Most people who visit these geysers are enjoying the Golden Circle. This is popular route through Iceland that many people travel because it features these geysers, waterfalls, and several other breathtaking scenes from nature.  The start of the tour begins in Reykjavík and swings into the central part of the country, covering about three hundred kilometers.

Along this route, you can see the Great Geysir and Strokkur, and also the Kerid volcano crater, the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur, the Gullfoss waterfall, a national park, the Hveragerdi greenhouse village, the Nesjavellir geothermal power plant, and Skálholt church.


Making Time to See It All

As you might imagine, you’ll need plenty of time to see all of these amazing sights in Iceland.  Because many of the most popular attractions are located along the Golden Circle, you may be under the impression that you can enjoy it all in one day. If you really want to give time and attention to all of the amazing nature and natural phenomena here in Iceland, you should try not to schedule more than two stops each day.  If you’re staying in one of the cabins or cottages located throughout the Iceland countryside, this is quite easy to do.

Of course, you’ll have to stick around a bit longer if you’re hoping to see everything, but that’s okay. Iceland really wants you here.


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