Spectacular Strokkur Fountain Geyser in Iceland
As one of the most famous and most visited geysers in Iceland, Strokkur can be found in close proximity to the Hvítá River, just east of the country’s capital of Reykjavík. This highly active geyser is a part of the Haukadalur geothermal area, which includes many other geothermal attractions such as algal deposits, mud pools and fumaroles.
The history of Strokkur dates all the way back to 1789, but it became particularly active in 1815, when its height was estimated at about 196 feet. During the 20th century, however, an earthquake cut off the geyser’s way of communicating to the surface, and Strokkur would have remained blocked for many decades had it not been for human intervention in 1963.
Nowadays, the Strokkur geyser is a very important tourist attraction of Iceland, since it is known to erupt every 4 to 8 minutes, while the height of its streams can reach 50, 65 or even 131 feet.