What's up Hivers! Today I'm sharing my experience and some information about the Strokkur geyser in Iceland. My post is inspired by Qurator's Photo Quest for this week. Its theme is HEAT, and the first picture here is my entry.
I had a solo trip there many years ago, but haven't sorted through my photos ever since. When I saw the word HEAT, this bubbling geyser was the first scene coming up to my mind. So now it's time for me to go back to that trip and share the heat with you! :)
A geyser is a type of hot spring that spouts periodically. The Great Geysir in the Haukadalur valley is the first geyser known to Europeans. That's why the English word "geyser" is derived from the Icelandic word "Geysir".
The Strokkur geyser I visited is Iceland’s most active one. It's 100 metres south of The Great Geysir, in the same geothermally active valley which is about 100 km from the capital city Reykjavík. It's one of the famous Golden Circle's attractions. There were plenty of vans taking tourists there. I just booked one tour the previous afternoon and hopped on a van the following morning.
When I was there, the biggest geyser erupted every couple of minutes. The boiling water could go high up to the air from 10 metres to 40 metres. The water temperature is about 80 to 100 Celsius degrees, as you can see from the warning sign in my photo. So don't try to get too close to it. It gets even hotter when it's deeper down there. The heat can really kill people. A few years after this trip, I went to The El Tatio Geysers in Chile, where there was a reminder that a Belgian woman died after falling into a pool while taking a selfie. Such a tragedy!
Besides the heat, you will have the chance to feel the unforgettable pungent rotten-egg smell, from the sulfuric acid and hydrogen sulfide gas. That's also a common smell of tap water in Iceland.
I visited it during summertime (already with winter jackets on), and I read that this place is also a great location to see the winter Northern Lights. There are hotels, guesthouses, cabins and car parks nearby... the Geysir Camping Ground is just within a walking distance. I only traveled alone on the island for a week, so I'd love to go again with families or friends to explore more remote sights. =)
The pool is boiling... an eruption is imminent:
There are also some smaller pools close by:
图文 by Donica