Strokkur – An Erupting Geyser!

Hveraröndor Hverir Geothermal AreaStrokkur Geyser Beginning to EruptWhen we finished with Brúarfoss, it was getting dark, but we continued on, hoping to see the Haukadalur geothermal area before it got too dark.  Thankfully, even in the beginning of May, the sun sets so late, that it was no problem!  The sun set by 11PM, but even at that point, it was still light enough to see outside, and the sun was up again in full force by 5AM (I think, can’t say for sure, we never got up THAT early!).  I was glad we decided to try the geothermal area, there were only 3 couples and 1 group of 4 walking throughout, so it was nice and peaceful.

It is a decently sized geothermal area with plenty of steam rising in the cool air, bubbling pools of water, a little bubbling geyser, and then the large erupting geyser, Strokkur.  Strokkur, according to the sign post at the area’s entrance, erupts every 8-10 minutes.  Not quite.  It was definitely erupting more frequently than that.  Every few minutes it would blow, we saw quite a few eruptions as we stood and watched it.  We did notice, as we watched, every eruption was higher and higher.  Finally a really tall one blew, and weStrokkur Geyser decided that was good (we were freezing cold) and turned away to finish looking at the area so we could go.  We got a good scare when as soon as we turned our backs, the geyser immediately blew a second time, this time just as large, if not larger than the last!  An erupting geyser is quite loud and a very good scare if someone unsuspecting, has their back turned to it…

I really enjoyed the Haukadalur geothermal area, I’ve never seen one before and that was definitely a good one to start with!  There are others throughout Iceland, and while I really enjoyed the Hveraröndor Hverir geothermal area (more on that to come later…), this was my favorite, mostly because of Strokkur.

Afterwards we continued another few miles down the road to see Gullfoss, a large waterfall.  At this point it was cold, we simply hopped out of the car, snapped some pictures quickly, and then hopped right back into the car and headed to our hotel for the night, desperate for some warmth to heat up with!

Hveraröndor Hverir Geothermal Area
Hveraröndor Hverir Geothermal AreaGullfoss

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5 comments

  1. I am jealous right now. Iceland seems like such a cool place to visit – I can’t wait to do it someday. Great photos!

    1. Its absolutely beautiful!! I have so many more posts for Iceland to come of amazing places… Plan to do the full ring road when you do make it there! The south side has most of the sights, but also most of the tourists. Once you hit the fjords on the east coast, the tourist buses vanish…

      1. Okay, I promise I will. What was your favorite place?

      2. My favorite thing without a doubt was hiking up the Svínafellsjökull Glacier in Southern Iceland, but something tells me that wouldn’t be as unique or exciting for you! I honestly can’t choose what would be the next best thing, I loved so much of it, and a lot of it was things I had never seen before, like the geothermal areas and volcano craters. Iceland was just too beautiful to choose one thing!!

  2. […] the Haukadalur geothermal area, there were no ropes keeping you back from some of these mounds.  You could walk right up to them […]

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