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Golden Circle and Fontana Geothermal Spa Day Trip from Reykjavik
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Geysir
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West Bagborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

Strokkur is open access, just turn up and have a look. It goes off every 8 minutes or so, you can stand right next to the boiling hole, just avoid the water as it falls. Around here are a bunch of stinky water holes which are interesting, if you avoid the coach parties you can have the place to yourself. Overall a highlight of a trip to Iceland.

Visited November 2013
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“Nature's clock”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

My first geyser experience... very cool! Strokkur is ultimately reliable, and we only had to wait around 8 minutes or so before it erupted high into the sky. Loved seeing the hot steam being swept away by the cold wind, and its neighboring hot pots and mini-geysers made it a worthwile and interesting visit. And it's free!

The park was set to close late that evening in November, so when all the tourists had left, we re-entered the area and had the whole area to ourselves in the complete and utter darkness. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll, listening to the bubbling hot water in all the pools, when we temporarily forgot that Strokkur was set to go off. So there, in the pitch blackness, it exploded, giving me a major scare. Good, funny times!

Visited November 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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“Spectacular, prepare for the winds”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

Watching the geysers bubble up in the surface then suddenly spout a great column of water and spray is quite a unique experience up close. The wait can vary from 2-10 minutes, and the wind can really gust and get very cold so prepare for it. There are several geysers and you can walk all around them.

Visited November 2013
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Portland, Maine
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“Better than Old Faithful?”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

Strokkur (the "butter churn") is a geyser in the same thermal field as Geysir, the namesake of all geysers (Geysir is now dormant). Strokkur has an interval of 7 or 8 minutes (compared to an average of approximately 90 minutes for Old Faithful in Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA); Strokkur is more "explosive" than Old Faithful - the eruption is over in just a few seconds. Which of the two is more impressive / entertaining is a matter of personal opinion.

Strokkur is relatively near Reykjavik and is part of the Golden Circle tour (including Pingvellir NP and Gullfoss waterfall).

There is presently no charge for Strokkur and the rest of that thermal field, but I understand a charge will be imposed starting in 2014.

Definitely worthwhile!

Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

As we never seen geysers, this was nice experience and one of the most famous things in Iceland.... We been quite impressed . Recommended for sure.

Visited October 2013
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