Along the geothermal zone of the Hvítá River, around 80 kilometres from Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik, is the great Strokkur Geyser. It is located in the southwestern section of the island and attracts much interest.
At first glance, the waters of the Strokkur Geyser appear benign, only steam and gurgling water indicate its slumbering, subterranean power. The first signs of an imminent eruption are indicated by small ripples in the water that grow increasingly active. Soon a 30 metre high jet of water shoots up into the sky, an amazing fountain of steam and boiling water.
In 1928, the first houses in Reykjavik were heated by geothermal energy. Since then, the harnessing of this natural source of energy has been exploited to the full and now almost all of Reykjavik is powered by geothermal energy.
With its sparse and unique landscape, Iceland has managed to retain its fascinating natural splendor right up to the present day and its remarkable geysers are one of the world’s most spectacular natural phenomena.