Along the Geothermal Zone beside the Hvita River around 80 km from Iceland’s Capital of Reykjavik sits the great ‘Strokkur’ Geyser. Strokkur lived in the shadow of another remarkable hot spring known as the Great Geysir. Eruptions from the Great Geysir hurl scolding water 70 metres into the air but have became less frequent and in the past have stopped altogether for many years.
The Famous Strokkur Geyser usually reaches a height of 20 metres but has known to reach up to 40 metres. This is the Geyser most tourists come here to see. The word Geyser comes from Geysir, the name of the hot spring in Haukadalur, comes from Icelandic verb Geysa which means “to Gush” = Nice.
There are many other hot springs and Geysers at Haukdalur – some active and others non-active.
I came here and hadn’t done an ounce of homework on the area, sounds silly but for that reason alone it made the experience a whole lot better. I sat waiting patiently in the cold for Strokkur to blow, minutes later boiling water blew high into the air with a small exploding sound followed by a rising of steam.
My main goal for visiting this area was to record the sound of one of the Geysers – Strokkur being the most reliable performing her natural phenomena every ten minutes.
I was able to not only capture the sound but the atmosphere and element of surprise from the people watching nearby.
Listen to the results here:
There are many other hot pools and springs in the area including this
one known as ‘Litli Geysir‘. This wee baby constantly boils just
like the kettle you probably bought at your local Tesco. The Difference being
Litli Geysir is outside, surrounded by snowy mountains (during April time) and not
powered by electricity.
And then some just sit still…
While others show off their tranquil colour…
Blesi (means “Blaze”) consists of two large holes separated by the land. According to dairies and records ‘the brook from Blesi’ was used by travellers for bathing, washing and drying of clothes. The reason for it’s azure look is because it’s caused by dissolved silica. Blesi’s water is cold (around 40°C).
The Water is diverted into Fata (beside Blesi) which is allowed to heat. Last time Blesi was boiling was back in the year 2000.
Geysir Centre Tourist Information
Eyjafjallajokull erupted in the early months of April and May in 2010. A giant ash cloud caused disruption to our high-tech world and brought European Airports to a stand-still. 20 Countries closed their airspace which effected 10 million travellers.
The BBC Documentary on the 2010 Eyjafjallajokull Eruption (below) is well worth a watch.