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“Well worth the trip”
Review of Selfoss Geyser

Selfoss Geyser
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$144.23*
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South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik
Ranked #1 of 34 things to do in Selfoss
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

OK, So i'm a bit of a science geek at the best of times, and I came to Iceland to see geography and science at its most active. This is the place to come! A bit of a drive from the city (OK it might take you less time because the roads were icy when I drove up there) but its on the way to the waterfall so well worth a stop! Its great to look at the bubbling pools, the algae growing in the hot water and the geyser shooting up into the air. I'm sure there are equally amazing places to see in Iceland but when they are inaccessible or you are only there a few days, its a good place to come. There are many tours from Reykjavik which come up to this attraction so driving is not essential.

Thank Jenny L
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

My husband and I were fortunate to see the geysers in action during our 4 day stay last week. The stop off was part of a tour operated by Wallace Travel (3/4 coaches en masse), and was also the venue for our lunch.
The large shop was also accessible during this time as it is located in the same building where food is served to those on bus tours.
Obviously the geysers are outside - and they well worth the journey especially if you have never seen this kind of external wonder before - I assure you won't be disappointed!
During our trip in November there were a number of geysers bubbling and shooting, but one larger spouter was certainly the source of our excitement.
It's said that this geyser erupts approx every 4 mins, but not so when we were there - though like I've said, we weren't disappointed!
We must have stood waiting for some 10 mins - as we did we noticed with interest the water bubbling in the crater, obviously rising and falling slightly, the sight kind of reminded me of a saucepan of milk just about to boil over!! When 'the time' just prior to the eruption came, the rise of water within the crater is very noticeable, but instead of receding again the bubbles continue (in one particular spot), and eventually bubbles turn into a fountain which gushes with force straight up into the air - oh say, 20 feet or so, before falling straight back down into the crater. ......It looks like someone has taken the plug out because the water completely disappears down the hole. Then, as the 'sink' fills up again, the water returns to the previous level, settling down again - just as though nothing ever happened, and the cycle starts over.
Certainly an Amazing sight, short lived of course - as the entire process takes about 15-20 seconds. There's no doubt the steam adds to this inspiring sight and remains long after the geyser has been experienced.
It is particularly cold on the side of the mountain, therefore wrapping up warm is very necessary. As one would expect surface water is frozen - therefore great are needs to be taken whilst walking. The surface cover is rocky and bumpy, and the wooden walk ways aren't really much use as they too are slippery due to ice. I found it best to walk around these and keep to the grassy parts, but this can often be difficult as icy puddles often block any clear route - this is not easy for those of us with walking restrictions- so whilst a walking stick could prove useful, the arm of a sturdier colleague is much more preferable. I'm not quite sure how far a wheel hair user would get, but don't let this deter you from going along.... There is much to see from the lower flatter level - obviously though seeing the water movement as described above would not be possible.
Some of the bubbling craters emit the strong smell that I recall from the days of school assembly and Stink bombs... But it's not overwhelming!

If lunch is part of the tour package, it was certainly a hit with all those on our tour. Seated at long sociable tables (again school like) we got fresh bread rolls and lamb soup - thick with vegetables. Instead of the waiting team dispensing this one bowl at a time, family service technique is utilised - a clever way of overcoming the potential problem created by tightly packed tables with no walkways in between, and it's a point worthy of note I believe to highlight the fact that the food is piping hot. About 3/4 tureens for a table of 12 means there is plenty for everyone, in fact some individuals were able to scoop their way through 3 bowls without difficulty! Other tables who asked for more bread rolls were attended to quickly and it seemed there was no issue with their request... Nice to know perhaps that you will be nicely full when you leave (so don't need to worry filling your pockets with breakfast rolls)?!
The service staff were pleasant though obviously under pressure die to lack of physical resources, and whilst the eating area was located in a bright airy conservatory (built as an afterthought the the retail side of the business) many set non English speaking... Though they seemed to understand when questions were asked of them.
I'm not a mutton fan, so when I asked for an alternative to the soup/ stew. I was pro died with a bowl of hot and steamy tomato soup.
Dessert arrived as a complete chocolate gateau - again 3/4 cakes per table, which was fine. One of the gentlemen in our immediate company created quite a 'stir' by offering and insisting to do mummy..... For service of dessert & tea/ coffee, and then we free to go shopping in the large shop (items extortionately priced of course).

A separate restaurant / coffee shop is available for independent travellers... But being more interested in purchasing new gloves its with regret that I'm unable to share any detail in this respect.
Toilets are clean, but if you need 'to go' in a hurry you need to get there before the buses arrive/ before lunch service finishes!!

So - worth a visit, but not particularly suitable for those with mobility restrictions if they want to see the technical side of the geysers. Very cold and windy; might need to wait in between spouts!!!

1  Thank Valtpal
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

If you're in to geysers, this is a must see. For everyone else you'd be better off exploring other parts of Iceland. There is much to see, and much to tell about, but this is at best a novelty. Warm, sulfuric damp and water sprouts out of the geyser at intervals, and women whine with joyous fear, while everone tries to capture the experience with a camera.

There are restaurants across the road, and a well stocked, but ridiculously expensive store nearby. Where you can buy Icelandic wool and clothing, at prices that'll make your heart stop.

Thank Lasse S
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Thar she blows! A strange and beautiful place. Free to enter (though the multimedia show in the visitor centre isn't), and Strokkur is kind enough to erupt every few minutes. Well worth a visit.

Thank Phil_Dore
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Having been to Yellowstone twice, this area was still impressive. It is much smaller than Yellowstone, but less crowded, and one is allowed to approach the geyser area much closer. We throughly enjoyed our visit and would certainly encourage a trip to this geyser area if you are visiting Iceland.

Thank Patito217
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