The word geyser is derived from the Great Geysir. However, Geysir is very unreliable these days. Strokkur, on the other hand, with its reliable eruption cycle has become a more popular tourist destination. Strokkur is a fountain geyser located in the geothermal field in the Haukadalur valley in Iceland. Nearby are located many smaller geysers (as well as the Geysir).
Strokkur was supposedly set off during an earthquake in 1789. It is a very energetic geyser, the water sprouting around 10-20m high. At any time of the day, you can see rings of tourists, cameras in hand, waiting for the geyser to erupt. And Strokkur doesn’t disappoint; it erupts every 8-10 minutes sending fumes of sulphur your way if you stand in the direction of the wind.
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Anticipating the eruption of Strokkur is as much an experience as watching the sprouts. Fumes arise above the pit gently at first, then with a fury to indicate a storm brewing. The bubbles start erupting, and as the water rises you gaze with wonder. But, the water level reaches a little above the ground, and falls. Is that all, you wonder. No, the fumes are rising again. Boiling water rages. And this time sprouts blast through the surface like a jet high above the ground showcasing the full glory of Strokkur.
When you walk towards Strokkur, there are many small geysers on the way that present a beautiful sight.
P.S. Did you know the entire Iceland utilises the geothermal springs as the source of their hot water supply?