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One of the must see when visting Iceland is Geysir and the Geysir area, park. As you enter the park area around Geysir in south west Iceland, you can't but notice the phenomenal steam rising from hot springs, vents and streams all over the area.
All of the Hot springs are named after Geysir
All of the world's hot springs are named after the great Geysir, located in the south west regions of Iceland. Geysir began erupting in the early 14th century, at least thats the year it went on reccord, and stopped in the early 20th century, some say Geysir whent still due to the thousands of rocks tourists and locals threw in it attempting to set the geyser off. Some say Geysir just got tired and needed a rest.
As mentioned before, of all Icelandic word there is only one that is used nearly unchanged in the English Language "Geyser", pronunciation is the same and it nearly has the same spelling. Even though the word refers to all geysers in general, there is only one real Geysir and thats the one in south west Iceland. Sadly the once great Geysir has somewhat faded out and been "shy" for some decates. But when it performs it sure lives up to its name, as "The Geysir", extruding a jet of steaming water, offen more than 150 to 200 feet to wards the sky's.
Strokkur, Geysirs side-kick
It's alternate, though far less majestic, is Geysirs neighbour Strokkur (translation: piston, cylinder or as most call it "The Churn"), Strokkur only manages to squirt it's steaming water a meagre 60 to 100 feet about once every five. The Geyser area in south west Iceland is also great to walk, there are many marked walking paths that that lead past steaming vents and colorful, mineral-rich mud formations, plus versions of "hobbit like" geysers (hot springs) that are fun to see, but be be careful not to wander too close or off the marked paths, the Geysir area can be hazardous.
Why does a geyser erupt?
Geysirs eruption occurs when boiling water within the geyser, trapped by cooler water above it, explodes, forcing its way to the surface. The second photograph from top was taken as the geyser Strokkur was in the process of erupting.
What will become of Geysir?
The water level in the Geysir has been artificially lowered, but recent volcanic activity has reactivated it, so Geysir has somewhat found it's renewed life. Unfortunately, Geysir now erupts to no specific timetable, so there's no guarantee that it'll but on a show when you're there.
Strokkur, showing off, he's now the growd pleaser.
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