Geysir is a famous hot spring in the geothermal area of Haukadalur Valley, found in south-west Iceland. Geysir is less than two hour's drive from the capital, making it easily accessible for many joining a Golden Circle day tour or those who rent a car. Geysir is much larger, but years can go by between eruptions here; it is currently in an inactive phase. When it does erupt, the water can shoot up in the air as high as 70 metres feet. Just a few minutes walk north of Geysir are a wealth of fumaroles emanating steam and gas into the cool Icelandic air. These spooky brown cauldrons are actually fumaroles that boil up through the loose ground; after a dry spell, these mud pools are likely to transform into a hardened fumarole. It has room for three to five people at a time, but care should be taken, as the area around the pool is very delicate. The water is slightly muddy, as the pool is built on soil, and the bottom is slippery due to algae, so caution is advised when relaxing here. Haukadalur has also seen a rise in reforestation in recent times thanks to continued experiments and research in the area. Haukadalur has been inhabited and used as a church site since the Age of Settlement.
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This route is included in plenty of guided vacations and self-drive tours that travel around Iceland, such as this 6-Day Summer Package and this Day Road Trip. Those renting a car will be able to reach it independently with ease. Alternatively, book an organised Golden Circle tour. Strokkur is found in the Geysir Geothermal Area, titled after the Great Geysir , which lent its name to all others across the world. It is the greatest active geyser on site; Geysir itself is in a period of inactivity. Strokkur is the primary feature of the Haukadalur valley and the main reason why it is one of the most visited sites in the country. Haukadalur valley, however, has many other features that make it worth a visit. The natural beauty of the area is shaped by the forces of the earth; fumaroles, hot-springs, mud-pits and other little geysers are littered around, and the ground itself is dyed vividly by elements such as sulfur yellow , copper green and iron red. Opposite the main geothermal area in Haukadalur Valley is a restaurant, cafe, hotel and luxury gift shop. Active geysers like Strokkur are rare around the world, due to the fact that many conditions must be met for them to form.
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