Geysir is one of the main attractions on Iceland’s popular Golden Circle sightseeing tour. First stories of the Geysir area come from the end of 13th century when earthquakes were frequent in the southern part of Iceland and changed the geothermal area in Haukadalur valley. All of the world’s spouting hot springs have been named after the Geysir of Iceland. Sadly, the once great Geysir somewhat faded out and has been shy and silent for a couple of decades. Fortunately, another geyser nearby – Strokkur –substituted for Geysir and spouts scalding hot water to a height of some 100 feet (30 metres) every 15 minutes or so. Also on Golden Circle, the Gulfoss waterfall is worth a visit.

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