Life's too short to miss out on Geysir Geyser

The geyser Strokkur erupting at the geyser geothermal area in Iceland.
Strokkur at Geysir hot spring area is Iceland´s most active geyser.

If you have ever looked up Iceland, a geyser is probably among the first things popping up.

Great Geysir is the most iconic natural wonder in Iceland. In fact it is among the most famous and most popular attractions in the world. It is simply something everyone visiting Iceland must see.

It is virtually impossible not to be amazed by the mighty geyser shooting boiling water way up through the air

That's why you gotta see it with your own eyes. Life's too short to miss out on all the geysers in Iceland, especially Great Geysir.

What is so special about Geysir?

Geysir is the name of the biggest and most powerful geyser in Iceland. In fact the word geyser comes from the Icelandic name Geysir. So, in a way Geysir is the original geyser.

Geysers are pools of hot water found at geothermal hot spots. When the water starts to boil in campers underground it creates enormous pressure. When the pressure gets too much the water finds its way out through the hole, we call a geyser. Showing the awesome power of nature in the most spectacular way.   

Despite Geysir being the most famous and powerful geyser in Iceland, it is not the most active one today. That one is called Strokkur. The geyser Strokkur erupts about every 15 to 20 minutes or so. But make no mistake, these are massive eruptions.

The whole area is called Geysir and it is full of fantastic geysers, walk ways, and hiking trails. There is also a great visitor center with gift shops and restaurants as well as a luxury hotel.

Geysir visitor centre.
There is a great visitor center and parking area at Geysir.

Getting to Geysir Hot Springs

Geysir Geyser is located in Haukadalur Valley in the Southwest region of Iceland. It is about 100 km (62 mi) from Reykjavik or about one hour drive. 

The best way to travel to Geysir is of course by rental car in Iceland. With a rental car in Iceland, you are free from any time limits and other stress related issues on your trip. A road trip is truly the best way to travel in Iceland.


There are many ways you can take but we recommend taking the one called the Golden Circle.

Drive the Golden Circle in Iceland 

The Golden Circle route consists of Iceland's most popular and amazing sites. Additionally, to Geysir, there are two other main attractions on the Golden Circle tour. 

Gullfoss Waterfall, one of the greatest waterfalls in Iceland, and Thingvellir National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site. This is where the Viking settlers of Iceland established the world's oldest parliament, Althingi, in the cracks of the eurasian tectonic plates. 

Visiting the Golden Circle is a perfect day tour from Reykjavik. Starting or ending at either Thingvellir National park or Gullfoss Waterfall. Geysir geothermal area is located in between Thingvellir and Gullfoss.

There are only a few kilometers from the geyser Strokkur and the other hot springs at Geysir to Gullfoss. As the two are so close to each other they are often mentioned as a pair, Gullfoss and Geysir.

The greatest waterfall in Iceland.
Gullfoss Waterfall: The greatest waterfall in Iceland.

More Great Stops on Golden Circle Route

Driving the Golden Circle takes about half a day. Depending on the number of stops and the time spent there.

There are many other great, but less known, stops on the Golden Circle as well. Such as the hot spring at Fontana in the town of Laugarvatn, Brúarfoss waterfall, Friðheimar Greenhouses and a beautiful volcanic crater called Kerið.

We of course highly recommend stopping at as many places as possible to get the most out of your trip to Geysir.

The Best Rental Car For Geysir

A rental car is by far the best option for traveling in Iceland. Especially when doing the Golden Circle as the rental will allow you to stop wherever you want and stay for as long as you please.

Getting to Geysir should be easy. The area is simply called Geysir and marked on maps and signs along the way. It is all on paved and serviced roads which open all year round.

As such all our Iceland rental cars are suitable for a trip to Geysir Iceland, to see the magnificent geysers. From the compact Kia Rio to the powerful Toyota Land Cruiser, depending on your trip. 

It is also a fantastic area for driving an EV in Iceland. There are fast charging stations at Geysir and other main attractions within the Golden Circle, like Gullfoss Waterfall and Thingvellir National Park.


There you have it. Life's too short to miss out on Geysir and all the wonderful geysers in Iceland.


Road sign Geysir Iceland
All roads lead to Geysir, just follow the signs.






Into and Above the Glacier

Into and Above the Glacier

This tour starts from Reykjavík in the early morning. You´ll go towards the Icelandic highlands above Húsafell in Borgarfjörður. When you arrive at Langjökull glacier base cap, we´ll give you appropriate clothing and helmets. After giving you the safety briefing, you´ll go an awesome snowmobile tour.