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Geysir Geothermal area

One of the greatest natural attractions of Iceland and part of the famous "Golden Circle Tour", The Great Geysir, or Stori-Geysir, has been dormant since 1916 when it suddenly ceased to spout. It came to life only once in 1935, and as quickly went back to sleep. Since then its repose has sporadically been disturbed by the dumping of tons of carbolic soap powder into its seething orifice in order to tickle it to spout. It is not exactly known when Geysir was created. It is believed that it came into existence around the end of the 13th century when a series of strong earthquakes, accompanied by a devastating eruption of Mt. Hekla, hit Haukadalur, the geothermal valley where Geysir is located. What is known is that it spouted regularly every third hour or so up to the beginning of the 19th century and thereafter progressively at much longer intervals until it completely stopped in 1916. Whether its silence is eternal or temporary no one knows. When it was alive and shooting, it could thunderously blast a spectacular jet of superheated water and steam into the air as high as 60 to 80 meters according to different sources. Its opening is 18 meters wide and its chamber 20 meters deep. One reason for cessation is believed to be the accumulated rocks and foreign objects thrown into it by thousands of tourists throughout the years. Though definitely damaging, this however could not be the only reason for its dormancy. The Great Geysir was among the most notable geysers in the world, such as those in Yellowstone Park, New Zealand and North Iceland. The English word "geyser" is derived from the Icelandic word "geysir" which means gusher. Though the Great Geysir itself is now more or less inactive, the area surrounding it is geothermically very active with many smaller hot springs. The attraction of the area is now Strokkur (The Churn), another geyser 100 meters south of the Great Geysir, which erupts at regular intervals every 10 minutes or so and its white column of boiling water can reach as high as 30 meters. The whole area is a geothermal park sitting on top of a vast boiling cauldron. Belching sulphurous mud pots of unusual colors, hissing steam vents, hot and cold springs, warm streams, and primitive plants can all be found here. A short distance away to the west stands the small Laugarfjall Mountain with a panoramic view overlooking the Geysir area. King Christian IX of Denmark visited the area in 1874 and by the foot of the mountain are the rocks where he leaned while his hosts tried to impress and amuse him by boiling eggs in the hot springs. The rocks are now called Konungssteinar ("The King's Stones").

Geysir Geothermal area
GPS Points N64° 18' 49.512" W20° 17' 58.160"
Postal code

806

Road number

36

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Geysir Camping Site
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  • Geysir, Haukadalur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-6800
Hvítárdalur
Farm Holidays
  • Hvítárdalur
  • 845 Flúðir
  • 781-2599
Big Cabin Myrkholt
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  • Skálinn, Myrkholt
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-8757, 895-9500, 867-3571
Torfastaðakot 15/Sigurhæð
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  • Torfstaðakot
  • 801 Selfoss
Flúðir Camping Ground
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  • Hrunamannahreppur
  • 845 Flúðir
  • 486-6535
Blue View Cabins
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  • Eiríksbraut 4
  • 806 Selfoss
  • 665-8928, 696-3463
Reykholt Camping ground
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  • Aratunga
  • 806 Selfoss
  • 847-5057
The White House
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  • Bjarkarbraut 19
  • 806 Selfoss
  • 660-7866, 660 7866
Konungsvegur
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  • Konungsvegur 1
  • 840 Laugarvatn
Faxi Camping Ground
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  • Biskupstungur
  • 806 Selfoss
  • 774-7440
Kjóastaðir Farm
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  • Kjóastaðir 2
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 8471046
Jadar II
Cottages
  • Jaðar 2
  • 845 Flúðir
  • 663-7777
Við Faxa
Camping
  • Heiði
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 774-7440
Mengi Kjarnholt
Hotels
  • Kjarnholt III
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 896-1988
Geysir Cottages
Cottages
  • Geysir, Haukadalur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-6800
The 5 Million Star Hotel
Glamping
  • Hrosshagi
  • 806 Selfoss
  • 773-4444
Birkihof Lodge
Cottages
  • Eyrarbraut 11
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 778-9052, 692-4094
Nordic Lodges Holt
Guesthouses
  • Torfastaðakot 5, í Landi Torfastaða
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 897-3015

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Við Faxa
Camping
  • Heiði
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 774-7440
Dalbúi Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Miðdalur
  • 840 Laugarvatn
  • 893-0200, 893-0210
Geysir Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Haukadalur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-8733

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