At Iceland’s great geothermal natural attraction – Geysir and Strokkur, you are in for a treat as Strokkur erupts rather regularly. Geysir on the other hand has stopped being regular due to earthquake activity or perhaps due to the construction hotel and tourist trap across the street. But no it’s not time to toss in some Exlax.
In fact don’t toss in anything! Many a geological treasure has been ruined by people tossing in things or going for a scalding swim or crashing their drone into the geyser.
They even have an appropriately snarky sign telling people to stop being stupid and keep their money. How is throwing your money away going to bring you anything but poverty anyway?
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Strokkur (Icelandic for “churn”) is a fountain geyser located in a geothermal area beside the Hvítá River in Iceland in the southwest part of the country, east of Reykjavík. It is one of Iceland’s most famous geysers,erupting once every 6–10 minutes. Its usual height is 15–20 m, although it can sometimes erupt up to 40 m high.
Geysir (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈgeːisɪr̥] ( listen)), sometimes known as The Great Geysir, is a geyser in southwestern Iceland. It was the first geyser described in a printed source and the first known to modern Europeans. The English word geyser (a periodically spouting hot spring) derives from Geysir. The name Geysir itself is derived from the Icelandic verb geysa, “to gush”, the verb from Old Norse. Geysir lies in the Haukadalur valley on the slopes of Laugarfjall hill, which is also the home to Strokkur geyser about 50 metres south.
Eruptions at Geysir can hurl boiling water up to 70 metres in the air. However, eruptions may be infrequent, and have in the past stopped altogether for years at a time.