Geysir Geothermal Area

You'll find the Geysir Geothermal Area in the popular region of the Golden Circle, just about 65 miles (106 km) east of Reykjavik. With bubbling mud pits, steam vents, and erupting geysers, the area is one of the most impressive geothermal zones in the country.

Geysir was named for its own geyser, which is rarely active these days but can reach up to 230 feet (70 m) when it does erupt. However, the entire area, which covers much of the Haukadalur Valley, boasts several other sites worth seeing. The Strokkur Geyser, which erupts like clockwork every 5 to 10 minutes or so, is certainly the highlight and can reach up to 130 feet (40 m)! Other favorite geysers include Smiður and Litli-Strokkur

After watching the eruptions, enjoy a peaceful walk through Haukadalsskógur (the largest forest in southern Iceland), visit the Tree Museum, or relax in Kúalaug, a nearby natural hot springs. 

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Itineraries with Geysir Geothermal Area

Iceland: Golden Circle, South Coast, & Westman Islands - 6 Days

Explore the Golden Circle on this well-balanced, self-drive itinerary featuring both popular stops and hidden gems. First, drive to Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall, followed by a relaxing soak in the Secret Lagoon. Next, head to the South Coast to stunning waterfalls—Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss—and visits to Reynisfjara Beach, Vík, and the otherworldly Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. Then, explore the glacial areas of Skaftafell, Svartifoss, and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, followed by a day to discover the lesser-known Westman Islands. Return to Reykjavík for some sightseeing and tour the Reykjanes Peninsula—plus a stop for a final soak in the Blue Lagoon—before your departure flight home.

Iceland Family-Friendly Winter Road Trip - 7 Days

This self-drive tour takes you along Iceland's south and west coasts for those in search of unique family adventure. After a day exploring the capital city, Reykjavik, you'll head west to the volcanic Snaefellsnes Peninsula, known as "Iceland in miniature" with a bit of everything (and a fraction of the crowds). You'll then continue to the more popular Golden Circle (Thingvellir, Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall), and finish with two nights along the south coast discovering glaciers and black sand beaches.

Golden Circle, South Coast, & Reykjavik - 5 Days

Explore some of the most popular highlights of Iceland on this five-day, self-drive trip. Visit Geysir, the meeting of the tectonic plates, and Gulfoss in the Golden Circle. Then, drive the South Coast to explore the waterfalls, black-sand beaches, and cliffs all around. Next, discover a few glaciers, including Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón. On the way back to Reykjavik, stop at a hot springs river and an ancient pool, along with another waterfall and a crater. Take in the highlights of the Reykjanes Peninsula on your way out, along with a comforting soak in the Blue Lagoon.