Strokkur Geysir Reviews
Strokkur Geysir (The Churn) Oct 17, 2010
The Geysir and the Geysir area park is one of Iceland's most visited tourist locations. It is a must see for all who visit Iceland. The park can be visited as part of the Golden Circle tour or privately by renting a safari vehicle. Located in the southwest of Iceland, the outstanding steam activity is visible from across the landscape. The phenomenal steam rises from hot springs, vents and then streams on the ground around it. The one geyser that made the park popular is the now dormant Stori Geysir (the great geyser) which last erupted in 1934. The popular geyser is now Strokkur (The Churn), another geyser 100 meters south of the Great Geysir, which erupts at regular intervals every 10 minutes or so and its white column of boiling water can reach as high as 30 meters. The whole area is a geothermal park sitting on top of a vast boiling cauldron. Belching sulfurous mud pots of unusual colors, hissing steam vents, hot and cold springs, warm streams, and primitive plants can all be found here. A short distance away to the west stands the small Laugarfjall mountain with a panoramic view overlooking the Geysir area. Across at the foot of the overlooking mountain is Konungssteinar rock, the place where the then King of Denmark leaned as he waited to be impressed by his hosts who were boiling eggs in the hot springs. We did not go to the rock as we only had half an hour on this leg of the Golden circle tour.
The spouting waters of the geysers are pipping hot and can be dangerous. There are demarcated standing areas for viewing the activity. Geysers erupt when boiling water within the geyser's belching pot trapped by cooler water above it, explodes furiously, forcing its way to the earth's surface. The amount of heat needed for geysers to erupt is phenomenal. The heat comes from magma which is also associated with volcanic eruptions. The pressures encountered at the areas where the water is heated makes the boiling point of the water much higher than that of normal atmospheric pressures. With no where else to go, the pressure forces the water to the surface with such force that it shoots into the sky.
Geysers are used for various activities such as generating electricity, heating and for countries like Iceland, tourism revenue. There are numerous geothermal reserves around the world, but only a few are economically viable. “The geyser fields in Iceland are some of the most commercially viable geyser locations in the world. Since the 1920s hot water directed from the geysers has been used to heat greenhouses and to grow food that otherwise could not have been cultivated in Iceland's inhospitable climate” Wikipedia”
Based on my recent experience with the Strokkur geysir, I can honestly say that there is no set time for it's eruptions. Initially it erupted every ten minutes, but then on the third and fourth, it erupted after 3 minutes. The fifth and sixth came 12 minutes apart. Time not withstanding, you are guaranteed to see Strokkur in action and a few of the other smaller geyers around it.
There is a coffee shop and hotel in the geysir park too.
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