Every ten minutes or so, this geyser erupts up to 30 feet in the air. The very term “geyser” comes from the Icelandic word “Geysir”, which is the name of the inactive geothermal explosion near the site of Strokkur.
First you watch a film bubbling over the earth, almost like a rippling contact lens lost in a teary eye. Bubbles start to form as the earth starts to boil, until, finally, it reaches its limit and shoots into the air. The water splatters the crowd who have encircled it, some who have stood too close get drenched, but with nothing but a little rope reminding visitors not to stand on the geyser, who would know where is safe to stand?
Watching Strokkur erupt is part of Iceland’s most famous tour, The Golden Circle, and it is also one of the first natural sites in Iceland that is starting to charge admission. In all fairness, watching Strokkur erupt again and again really is a show. A performance of nature boiling over, perhaps to remind us it will always have power over the human race.