The world famous hot spring Geysir in Iceland is a tired old geyser that only lives on old fame and doesn’t erupt anymore. Eruption in Geysir stopped many years ago and even at the end Geysir only erupted with additional help. One of the methods for starting an eruption in Geysir in the eighties and nineties was to fill it with soft soap. A huge amount of soft soap piled into the hot spring worked like a good dose of Viagra. A method sometimes applied when distinctive guests visited Iceland or on some other important occasions, administer by government officials and geologists. After a proper dose of soft soap, the famous hot spring erupted about 35 to 70 meters into the air. Sometimes it took a day or two for Geysir to respond to the soap method and because of their tight schedule, most of the distinctive guests had at that point left. Today Geysir is sleeping, and no one is allowed to fee it with soft soap. So it is the hot spring Strokkur that has taken over the role of erupting in the Geysir area. Strokkur, on the other hand, is a very active hot spring that behaves like a man-made tourist attraction erupting and putting on a fabulous show every eight to ten minutes. A magnificent sight although Strokkur doesn’t erupt as high as Geysir. It is a fantastic natural wonder that no one visiting Iceland should miss, even though the area looks overcrowded.
Oct 5 2015