It is probably the most famous geyser in Iceland: the Strokkur, or Geysir. This geyser can be found in the south-west of Iceland, in the golden circle.
The Strokur is a geyser that erupts on average every four to 8 minutes, an eruption that you can see in the far outline. An impressive eruption, which attracts many people.
You'll find the geyser on road 35, half an hour above Selfoss. There are plenty of road signs that will lead you there, and once you arrive you will find a large car park, many souvenir shops, and restaurants. From the parking lot, cross the road to the geyser. This is located in an active geothermal area, and as soon as you pass the fence, the warnings start that the water on site is 80 to 100 degrees, so no temperature you want to keep your hands in! There is a built path to the geyser, which is easy to walk. You'll be there in five minutes, and you won't be alone: bus loads full of people are watching this phenomenon. Before you get there, you probably already heard it, and certainly smelled it: the steam from the geysers smells strongly of sulfur.
Once at the destination it's important to find a good spot: I advise you to make sure you stand with your back to the wind, because steam is water, and the geyser emits huge amounts of water. If you stand in the wind of the geyser, you risk getting a load of water over you. At least you won't need perfume anymore, I'll say; -)
Then the waiting begins: when will he spray again, and how high? The geyser sprays on average every four to eight minutes, but it can also take twenty minutes, or be several times fast in succession. When I was waiting for the next eruption, I noticed that the water in the pool of the geyser pulses, and then suddenly it comes a little higher, a bubble forms at lightning speed (see above), and then the explosion comes! You can't hear the cameras clicking anymore, all you hear is the noise of the spraying water and the astonished sounds of fellow bystanders. I tried to take pictures of an eruption. A challenge because the Strokkur geyser does not announce the eruptions... Fortunately, my camera has a pro-capture function, where I can take pictures before I impress the shutter button: ideal! Below I give the floor to Strokkur: let's see how it works. The sound makes the phenomenon even more impressive, but that's what you have to think about...
This whole eruption lasts about 3 seconds, then the water falls down, and the hole of the geyser army appears before it. It only takes a little while, because soon it fills up with water, and the process starts from the beginning. The Strokkur geyser sprays up to 20 meters high!
I thought it was a beautiful sight, and was especially impressed by the powerful sound with which the eruption takes place. This time we were lucky that it did not blow very hard, because if that happens you do not see the height of the eruption.
When you go in winter, I advise you to bring “crampons”: nails that you can put under your shoes: because of all the water the environment of Stokkur is rather icy, and smooth!
In the summer you can continue walking in the area around the Strokkur, there are some beautiful blue pools, and many geyshers. We did not do this because of an approaching snowfall.
Within an hour of our visit, there was 7 centimetres of snow...