When Geysir was most active, its eruptions spouted scalding geothermal water streams some 60-80 m into the air. Strokkur another famous geyser located nearby, gives a performance every few minutes, shooting a tower of water and steam 30 meters into the air. And there are other attractions for example Blesi a hot spring with water the color of turquoise delights the sense. Other geysers in the area are Sódi (the sod), Smiður (the carpenter), Fata (the bucket), Óþerrishola (the non-draugth-hole, or the rainmaker), Litli Geysir (the small Geysir) and Litli Strokkur (the small Strokkur). In the earthquakes 17th and 21st June 2000 great changes could be seen in the thermal area. The hot spring Konungshver (the king´s hot spring) and Blesi (the Blazer) started to boil vigorously, up to 0,5-1 m. Óþerrishola and Fata also started to erupt. How nature will form the future of Geyser, Strokkur and the other thermal wonders is unknown. In the 20th century the number of travelers visiting the Geysis area increased enormously. Now well over 150.000 visit it each year.

1905- Geysir erupted twice every 24 hours

1907 – Strokkur awoke for a while but returned to dormancy. The hot spring Smidur (carpenter, smith) was dug out by a carpenter working in the area prior to the visit of the Danish King, Frederik VIII, who came to Iceland that summer.

1914 - Geysir ceased erupting

1922 - The Danish King, Christian X, visited Iceland and also the Geysir area.

1930 – Icelandic scientist Thorkell Thorkelsson made a detailed map of the area.

1934 – This year Strokkur erupted and the Otherrishola Geysir was active.

1935- Professor Trausti Einarsson and a local farmer, Jón from Laug, dug a narrow slot through the rim of the silica bowl of Geysir; the water table was thus lowered and Geysir started erupting. An Icelandic director Sigurður Jónasson bought the Geysir area from its English owners and gave it to the Icelandic people.

1937 - The Norwegian scientist Tom F. Barth studied the area and at that time Geysir erupted 4-5 times every 24 hours, the sout reaching up to 60 m.

1944 – Geysir discharging 4.7 l/s, but did not erupt. The water in Strokkur was 0,6 m below the surface.

1953 - The Geysir Committee was founded; rules concerning the area were published and the area was fenced off to keep away livestock.

1954 - Geysir ceased to erupt without soap.

 1963 – This year the Strokkur geyser was cleaned with a drill down to 40 m. It had been dormant since 1907, but now started to erupt and has continued ever sice every 8-10 min.

1981 – The slot in the bowl of Geysir from 1935 was cleaned and small eruptions started. This was done mainly to use in a film that was being made at the time. To get a large eruption some 40-50 kg of soap was essential.

2000 - The Geysir centre was opened 3rd of June. On the National day, 17th of June, large earthquakes (M 6.5) shook the Southern lowlands of Iceland, and again 21st of June. Geysir awoke and erupted throughout the year, 2-4 times a day, but seldom higher than 10-15 m. The thermal area became hotter and more active, and the flow of water from the hot springs increased by half.


Names of the geysers
Fata = The Bucket a geyser, is more or less inactive today.


Haihver = “The High Hot Spring”, the highest in the Geysir area.


Seyðirinn = Meaning “The Boiler”, is now dormant unless treated with soap.

Stjarna = The Star, formed in 1896, but soon disappeared.

Blesi = Blazer, due to the “blaze” dividing the hot (clear) and the warm (blue) part.

Strokkur = “The Churn” due to its shape. The only one constantly active now.