So, in the most volcanic nation on earth, what’s a good way to spend your time?
How about watching water explode out of the earth at regular intervals?
This geysir, whose name is Strokkur [they all have names, of course] is supposed to go off every five minutes or so, but I got lucky and got to watch 3 events in under a minute. Strokkur is little brother to the Great Geysir, but he’s been taking a rest lately [maybe calmed by the recent volcanic activity?], and the two are among 30 or so geysers and hotpots in the immediate vicinity.
After watching a film today at Volcano House on Eyjafjallajökull [the volcano whose plume of ash stranded 100,000 air passengers in 2010, one of them my son], I feel all the more grateful for the wee bits of gas relief that these geysirs provide this explosive country.
Here’s how this one blows…
Everything looks calm. The water is 100 degrees C, though, so a little warm for a dip.
Suddenly, the water does a quick retreat.
…and it’s time to run for cover!
Thirty metres of boiling sulphur water. It was amazing!
Tomorrow’s my last day here, but I’ve other glimpses into this magical land planned for you in the coming days.