Geysir is the name of a presently dormant geyser in the Golden Circle region of south-west Iceland. This spouting hot spring was once known to shoot boiling hot water and steam up to 70 metres into the air. Although inactive for a long time, sporadic eruptions have apparently occurred throughout the last decade so you just never know when Geysir may roar to life again (it may just take some seismic action to bring it back).
Strokkur (Icelandic for “churn”) on the other hand is a very active geyser, right next to Geysir. This spouting hot spring regularly erupts and shoots a stream of hot water and steam anywhere from 25 to 35 metres into the sky ever five minutes or so.
It is pretty cool standing there waiting for Strokkur to erupt but it also amazes me how many people get a fright from all that gushing water suddenly bursting high into the air, even though they know it is coming! The results are very spectacular though.
It is interesting that Geysir is so close to Strokkur yet remains so dormant. Although it should be noted that at the turn of the 20th century Strokkur also became dormant but in 1963 the Geysir Committee cleared an underground blockage and the geyser began to erupt again.
Hot springs abound all around Strokkur. The water is bubbling and the ground is emitting steam all over from this very active Haukadalur geothermal volcanic region. It makes for a very dramatic view as you stand there watching the steam whisked away on a brisk Icelandic wind.
Once again Iceland does not fail to impress with its beauty. The Golden Circle area is just one of many highlights of this stunning country.